A trip to Skellig Michael is a once in a lifetime trip. It is humbling to see the work which was out in over 1,000 years ago is still being appreciated and the work those early monks did to live on this rock. The whole island is a monument standing out at sea 8 miles off the coast. The monastery is a fabulous piece of work and is very well preserved. The actual monastery site is quite small and is easy to explore. all the huts are accessible to visitors and can be viewed. there are guides on hand to tell the history of the settlement also. Allow the whole day for the trip out here, the boat leaves about 10 am and arrives at the rock at about 11am. we then had until just after 1pm on the island before having to return again. This gives around 30-40 minutes on the monastery once all the steps have been climbed. The journey out to sea is rough but the return journey is better, something to do with the tides.It is about an hour back also with a stop to view (and smell) little skellig fromthe sea.
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