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Skellig Islands: Medieval History Meets Big Nature

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The seemingly impossible Skellig Islands are not just one of my favorite places in Ireland, but one of my favorite places in the entire world! Remote, vertical, teeming with wildlife and steeped in history, the Skelligs are a natural and cultural treasure unique in all the world.

Little Skellig is home to tens of thousands of Gannets, while Skellig Michael is home to hundreds of comical and lovable Puffins. But there’s more. Climb the six hundred feet to the top of Skellig Michael and be rewarded with intimate, privileged access to the almost perfectly-preserved monastic site, which dates back to at least the eighth century.

Getting there: Visiting the Skelligs is tightly regulated and possible only during the summer months. Access is possible only by chartering a fishing boat with a handful of certified skippers out of Portmagee. Make your reservations well in advance and reconfirm the day before, as stormy seas often make the journey too dangerous. Let’s go!

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