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The Skellig Experience

Skellig Heritage Centre, Valentia Island, Ireland
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Type: History Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit to the Skellig Experience Centre in eight years. On both occasions, it was after an unsuccessful attempt to get on Sceilg Mhichíl (always difficult to achieve due to limited boat capacity and the vagaries of the weather). I would consider a visit to the Skellig Experience Centre to be a necessary, background part of a... More

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Dalby Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The experience is quite small, but it is packed with lots of information. The film that was shown explaining the building of the monastery on Skellig Michael was very good. The displays were well done and the staff very friendly.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My advice would be to phone first to check if the ferry service is operating. If it is, and you want to take the ferry to the rocks (30 euros) then by all means go. If it isn't working, or you are not intending to actually go out to the rocks, give it a miss and go to the The... More

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Aspen, Colorado
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped in as we we're blown out of boating out to the Skellig's today, but we wanted to learn more about these mysterious islands. Upon paying our fee, we were asking to wait about 10 minutes before the movie would begin again. There are a few pretty lame displays, and gift shop with every "I love Ireland" tee shirt... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I considered giving an 'average' rating because the exhibition is small, and showing its age a little (nothing interactive). However, it's well done, fits into the environment, with a nice replica of the Skellig beehive huts and an evocative representation of the lighthouse keeper's lives. The film about the Skelligs is great, but it could be shown at higher resolution.... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I learned about the deep convictions of the believers that developed a community on the Skellig Islands. The video was truly inspiring and on my next trip to Ireland I plan to take the boat over and climb up. Owner's daughter did a nice job demonstrating traditional Irish dancing. The food was tasty especially the carrot cake.

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Ft. Myers, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Basically a museum and gift shop. The film about the early Christion monks living on the islands is very interesting.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

A little commercialised, but a good overview of the activities and life of the Monks on Skellig Michael, just offshore from the Centre. A good display of information and an interesting short film on the Monks. All the normal tourist memorabilia for ale.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Skelligs visitor centre on Valentia is well worth a visit. We had intended going out to the Skelligs but the boats were booked out. But the short film about the Skelligs in this visitor centre is excellent - informative and evocative giving a real feel for the beauty and the harshness of the rocks. It describes the motivation and... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We arrived on Valentia Island by the bridge from Portmagee and didn't intend to sail to the Skelligs. So the introductory video plus small exhibition was very informative. And it was a good place to have morning coffee before setting off to tour Valentia Island.

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