Skellig Michael

  • Skellig Michael  - © wiki user Gdr
  • Beehive Huts on Skellig Michael  - © geograph Rob Burke
  • Skelligs from Valentia Island - © William Mackesy
  • Skellig Michael  - © flickr Arian Zwegers
  • Skellig Michael  - © flickr highlander411
  • Skellig Michael  - © wiki Jibi44
  • Skellig Michael - © wiki NikiL
  • Skellig Michael - © wiki Kediler Nicole
  • Skellig Michael Monastery Graveyard  - © wiki An-vogt
  • skellig-michael - © pixabay sineadlawlor
  • Stairs on Skellig Michael  - © wiki Devek

Key information: Skellig Michael

  • A weird - and indeed wonderful - rock off the west of the Iveragh Peninsula, famous for its exceptionally interesting and dramatically sited early Christian remains. 
  • A wander (or rather clamber) here is truly thrilling.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating87
  • Note: Neg: likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 200m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable
Skellig Michael  - © flickr Arian Zwegers


Skellig Michael is a weird - and indeed wonderful - rock 12km off the west of the Iveragh Peninsula.

It is famous for the exceptionally interesting and dramatically sited early Christian monastic remains which are perched on its impossible flanks. It was begun in the late 6th century, expanded around 1,000 AD. It was abandoned around 1100 AD. It was violently raided by Vikings several times.

The lonely, melancholy but deeply moving and hugely atmospheric remains are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy bird life which includes puffins in season.

A wander (or rather clamber) here is truly thrilling.

Skellig Michael was featured in a recent Star Wars film, which meant (as of 2017) that the limited boats out there are booked weeks ahead.

See our Iveragh Peninsula page for more general and practical information and photos. 

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Skellig Michael - © wiki NikiL

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