Skelligs Travel Guide

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The Skelligs are renowned for their scenery, sea bird colonies, long-lived lighthouse service, their early Christian monastic architecture and rich underwater life. The two Skellig islands - Skellig Michael and Small Skellig stand in the Atlantic ocean 12 km south west of Valentia, County Kerry. At 218 metres above sea level, Skellig Michael towers the higher, it is also the larger in area - 44 acres. Underwater, their steep cliffs plunge a further 50 metres before they merge into the vast plain of the Co ntinental shelf. Irish mythology records an early reference to a shipwreck here nearly 3,400 years ago. The King of the World is reputed to have visited the Skelligs in the year 200 AD.
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