Look out to sea and see two jagged crags – Oileáin na Scealaga – rise out of the Atlantic: Little Skellig and Skellig Michael; one of the wonders of our world and beyond!
The search for solitude led pilgrims to the edges of the known world – and in this case beyond “to a galaxy far far away” – throughout history, but there are few final destinations rival the remoteness of Skellig Michael; a lonely, storm-lashed rock off the west coast of Kerry that doubled as a Jedi sanctuary in “Star Wars – The Force Awakens.”
The trip to the Unesco World Heritage-listed monastery perchedon this forbidding pinnacle in the Atlantic is a highlight of visiting Kerry.
The monks who landed at Skellig Michael as early as the 6th century rowed 11.6km to this island outcrop, which with the Atlantic Ocean can prove to be a difficult journey even on a summer’s day. They stayed for over 600 years, a startling amount of time considering the true end-of-the-world location or the ‘edge of the abyss’, as one of Skellig’s tour guides says.
So we challenge you to step into the abyss.
Face the foreboding rock faces.
Hunt for hidden coves.
And bask on beautiful beaches.
Kerry, where ancient history and future worlds collide…