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The Skellig Experience

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Address: Skellig Heritage Centre, Valentia Island, Ireland
Phone Number: 066-947-6306
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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 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Susan F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Thank Susan F
Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank JRM_Auburn
Tarrytown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Richard F
Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

unfortunately hit this site as all the tour busses descended so it was crazy crowded. good explanation of the rock by why the monks settled here is unfathomable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Skellig Experience is super informative - they had a short film and they had information and displays with respect to the Skelligs - I highly recommend this place. The staff were super friendly especially the manager - he went out of his way and above and beyond to make sure we had a great time and was also attentive... More 

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