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rocky islands, off SW Republic of Ireland, in Co. Kerry, comprising Lemon Rock, Little Skellig, and Great Skellig. Climbing the rocks to the peaks of Great Skellig, also known as Skellig Michael, was part of an ancient means of penance. The island has a lighthouse and ruins of a monastery. Little Skellig is a bird sanctuary.
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This route takes you off the more famous Ring of Kerry and is well worth the detour as it takes in Valentia island, the two Skellig islands and Puffin Island.
It was impossible to get to the Skellig Islands as the sea was too rough for the ferry but thanks to the audio visual show at The Skellig Experience we were able to get a bird's-eye view of Skellig Michael and Small Skellig which stand like fairytale castles in the Atlantic Ocean just south west of Valentia.
The Manx Shearwater, relatives of the albatross, breed on the Baskets and Skellig islands off the coast of Kerry - the Great Blasket alone has one of Europe's most important populations of the diving nocturnal bird.
Limerick, Carlow Town, Belfast, Galway City, Donegal's Glenveagh National Park, and the Skellig Islands are all given the thumbs up.
The female crab was found with her male partner, who later died, near the Skellig Islands, eight miles off Kerry.
For those who brought their sea legs with there are daily boat trips to the wonderful Skellig Islands.
For those who brought their sea legs there are daily boat trips to the wonderful Skellig Islands.
Mr Vance said many of the young monks fled to remote locations such as the Skellig islands in Co Kerry in the eighth century to get away from women.