This monastic complex, perched since about the 7th century on the steep sides of the rocky island of Skellig Michael, some 12 km off the coast of south-west Ireland, illustrates the very spartan existence of the first Irish Christians. Since the extreme remoteness of Skellig Michael has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved.
Unesco WHS list ref: 757
I visited this site during a holiday in Kerry. We went in a small boat and there was no hint we were at a unesco site – no signs, leaflets, cafe or gift shop, just a steep pathway to the top of the island, and some remarkable beehive shaped huts right on the top. The sides of the island were inhabited by puffins – my first close encounter with these clown-like birds.
From my collection
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