The Southwest Sights

Skellig Michael

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

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 steps, offering vertigo-inducing views. The Skelligs boat trip includes 1½ hours on Skellig Michael. Despite the publicity following the island's brief but pivotal appearance in the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, access to this fragile site is still limited to 180 visitors a day, so book in advance and hope for good weather. Because of the choppy seas, stiff climb, and lack of facilities, the trip is not recommended for small children or those with mobility issues.

Sight Information


Skellig Islands, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Sight Details:

  • Free (charge for boat trip)
  • Closed Oct.–mid-May

Published 01/10/2017


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