The Skellig Rock
George Bernard Shaw the famous Irish dramatist and winner of the
Noble prize for Literature in 1925 was so taken by his visit to the
Skellig's on 17th September 1910 that he wrote:
"But for the magic that takes you out far out of this time and
world, there is Skellig Michel ten miles off the Kerry coast,
shooting straight up seven hundred feet sheer out of the Atlantic.
Whoever has not stood in the grave-yard on the summit of that cliff
among the beehive dwellings and beehive oratory does not know
Ireland through and through."
In summer season (April to October, inclusive), there is a daily
trip to Skellig Michael - subject to the weather and sea conditions
of the moment. Visit
Departure time is 10:30am, and the departure point is Portmagee
harbour, County Kerry.
The trip takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes each way, passing very
close to Small Skellig and its 27,000 pairs of nesting gannets
Visiting time on Skellig Michael is normally about 2 hours 30
minutes, giving you adequate time to tour the old monastic site 200
metres above the sea, and to admire the puffins, guillemots,
razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars nesting on the island from the
end of April to the early days of August. You are normally back on
the mainland by about 4:00pm.
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