Sceilg Mhichíl

Brief description

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 fist close encounter with these clown-like birds.

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Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

Brief description

The three main prehistoric sites of the Brú na Bóinne Complex, Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, are situated on the north bank of the River Boyne 50 km north of Dublin. This is Europe’s largest and most important concentration of prehistoric megalithic art. The site is dominated by the three great burial mounds of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. Surrounded by about forty satellite passage graves, they constitute a funerary landscape recognised as having great ritual significance, subsequently attracting later monuments of the Iron Age, early Christian and medieval periods.

Unesco WHS list ref:  659

I have never visited this site.

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