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The Skellig Experience

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Address: Skellig Heritage Centre, Valentia Island, Ireland
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+353 66 947 6306
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Those monks knew an isolated place of hardship

Why did this wild and windswept, rugged and difficult terrain appeal to the men craving isolation and hardship? They could have had all that on a more accessible island. Skellig... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 26, 2016
Susan F
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NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Located in an unusual building whose roof is covered in grass, The Skellig Experience is a wonderful introduction to Skellig Michael. The Heritage center has an auditorium where you can view a short movie about the island's history, archaeology and monks who lived there. They also run a film about safety on the island - they take this VERY seriously!... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

I enjoyed my time at the Skellig Experience. It was amazing to see how the monks created such a beautiful place. Of course, it was awesome to go there because Star Wars was filmed on Skellig Micheal. But honestly, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. Wished we could have gone to the island, but it was still gorgeous from afar. Food... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

Why did this wild and windswept, rugged and difficult terrain appeal to the men craving isolation and hardship? They could have had all that on a more accessible island. Skellig Michael is but a bare crag of rock in a hostile sea 18 hours rowing from the coast of Ireland. It doesn't get much more difficult to be alone as... More 

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

The center has a nice exhibition about the islands history. Not just the religious beginnings but some of the ship wrecks around it and the birds. Be sure and see the short film they have also.

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Thank Nancy J
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

The Skellig Experience Museum shed more light on the history of the famous islands about eight miles off the Irish mainland. More than a thousand years ago, generations of monks lived on the larger island, against all odds eking out an existence on the craggy mass of rock poking up out of the Atlantic. It's a small museum but packs... More 

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Tarrytown, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

The visitor's center and museum had enough to offer anyone interested in this site since it premiered at the end of Star Wars the Force Awakens as the place of the first Jedi temple. I can understand why such an enchanted place would be chosen! If you choose not to take a boat over to the site, it is still... More 

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Chester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The exhibition can be viewed together with the boat trip to the Skelligs or just as the dry land option as we did. Although not the most exciting exhibition I have ever been to, it gives a good feel for the islands without having to go to sea (or climb the steps).

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Thank Arkadas
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the trip. The guide that took us out was informative and interesting. Unfortunately we couldn't land as the sea was too rough.

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Thank MichelleandFin
Bacup, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We arrived quite early (about 10) before the coaches. My husband was disappointed not to be able to visit the Skerrigs because of bad weather. However the film and video about them were very informative. It really gave us a good overview of the Islands and their history as an early Christian centre. There is also information about wildlife and... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

The exhibit was ok, but way to crowded due to lack of space. You can can only get so many people in before everyone is on top of each other. It's a very interesting subject and one that needs to be told, but the building is just to small. The film was OK too and gives you a very good... More 

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