The masterpiece of the Skellig Islands is the phenomenal Unesco World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael, with its amazing remains of a 7th- to 12th-century village of monastic beehive dwellings that were home to a group of early Christian monks. In spite of a thousand years of battering by Atlantic storms, the church, oratory, and living cells are surprisingly well preserved. The site is reached by climbing more than 600 increasingly precipitous step, offering vertigo-inducing views. The Skelligs boat trip includes 1½ hours on Skellig Michael. Because of the choppy seas, stiff climb, and lack of facilities, the trip is not recommended for small children.
Skellig Islands, Co. Kerry, Ireland