Further west of Ireland, out to sea, is an extraordinary, far-fl ung place
of pilgrimage: Skellig Michael – one of the wonders of the world. 1300 years ago, early Christian monks built a remarkable hermitage at the top of this jagged ocean crag – then at the further limits 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. It can be reached by the adventurous on a small boat, only when the weather allows from the small picturesque fishing village of Portmagee.
This beautiful little fishing village was the winner of Ireland’s first ever Tourism Town in 2012, and once you arrive here it’s easy to see why. You can really get to know people here. There are small family-run businesses, local food producers, artists and craftspeople. Pubs with peat fires and traditional music sessions, artisan chocolate, and some of the best seafood in Ireland. And across the bridge is the Skelligs Experience Centre where you can experience an audio-visual tour recreating the magic of the Skellig region and enjoy the history.