Portmagee and The Skellig Islands


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Portmagee and The Skellig Islands

An extraordinary, far-flung place of pilgrimage lies on the very edge of Ireland. Skellig Michael was built 1300 years ago by early Christian monks. At the time, this jagged ocean crag was the limit of the known world. This mysterious and awe-inspiring place, described by George Bernard Shaw as “part of our dream world”, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Weather-permitting, daring adventurers can reach this place on a small boat from Portmagee. Portmagee was the winner of Ireland’s first ever Tourism Town Award in 2012. Known for its small family-run businesses, local food producers, artists, and atmospheric pubs with peat fires and traditional music sessions, this is a peaceful and interesting place for visitors of all ages. Across the bridge there is the Skelligs Experience Visitor Centre, where you can follow an audio-visual tour recreating the magic of the Skellig region.

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The ancient Kingdom of Kerry lies on the very edge of Europe - once believed to be the edge of the world, “Next parish, Manhattan” is a local phrase. This far-flung place is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lively towns with a strong traditional culture combine with some of the world's most beautiful coastline scenery in this unique place.