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The Skelligs

An area of outstanding natural beauty
The green fields of Kerry Walking the Kerry Way

Welcome to the
Skelligs Area

The Skelligs website covers an area which includes The Skellig Rocks, Valentia Island, and the area to the west on the N70(Ring of Kerry) road roughly between the R565 and the R567 including Ballinskelligs and Portmagee. The Skellig Islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig are 12km distance from the mainland with Skellig Michael rising from the sea to a height of 218mt. It is thought that Skellig Michael was settled by Christian monks in during the 6th century and they remained in occupation until the 12th obo 13th century. The remains of the monastery, especially the stone beehive huts were the monks lived, can be seen today. The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre can be found by Valentia bridge on the Island side. Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boat trips to the Skellig Rocks are available from Portmagee pier, Ballinskelligs and the Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. Of interest to tourists is the Skelligs Chocolate Factory where visitors are welcome to see the chocolates being made, ask questions and sample these delicious treats. There is also a cafe serving drinks, cakes and deserts. The factory can be found on the road between Portmagee and Ballinskelligs.

The island is famous for its fossilised prehistoric footprints, made by a tetrapod, embedded in mud at the time, but now Devonian rock. They are estimated to be about 385 million years old. That's very old. A slate quarry, which first opened in 1816 can be found on the northern side of the island. It has been quarried on and of since then. It re-opened in 1998. Slates from here were used in the building of the paris Opera House and the Houses of Parliament in the London. In the northeast the gardens of Glanleam House are fortunate to be nurtured by a very mild microclimate allowing a collection of tender plants, from around the world, to thrive.

Bed and Breakfast accommodation is readily available throughout the Skelligs area. The B&B accommodation is of a high standard and should prove to be a memberable experience. It is mostly a less expensive choice than booking a hotel. You will be staying with an Irish family who are renowned for their warm welcome, their home cooking, their advice on local events, what to see and where to go. They will know which are the best beaches, whether you are looking for diving, surfing, some where for the children to play or just a quiet secluded location.

If you prefer to be totally independent then maybe you should consider a holiday home where self catering is the order of the day. It makes your time you own, breakfast at 10am, maybe, and out clubbing till 2 in the morning with no one to answer to. Ideal for those in love, looking for peace and quiet. Self catering properties are generally well equipped, with washing machines, microwaves, oven and hob, tv, dvd players, all linen, in fact the works.

A map of the Skelligs Area

Use the map below to locate B&Bs and Holiday Homes in the Skelligs area. Blue dots represent B&Bs and red dots self catering properties. Use the + and - on the left of the map to Zoom in and out. Street view is available. Just grab the small figure above the zoom tools, wait for the blue road marking appear and position the figure on any of the roads.

B&B map marker Bed & Breakfast  Selfcatering map marker Self catering holiday home
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