Skellig Michael is a Must, when visiting Ireland! Unfortunately it is not easy to go there, because only small boats are able to land there and in heavy seas the daytours will have to be cancelled.
Christian Monks built their huts on the remote island at about 600 A.D. and nowadays only Puffins and lots of other seabirds are living on the island, but you can still see many of the great bee hive huts, built of stones only, without any sort of cement. Go INSIDE the beehive huts - hopefully equipped with a torch and have a look for the poor or simply non-existing interior and imagine, what the monk's life was like on this remote place.
You will also see some stone-crosses between the beehive-huts, obviously a small cemetery of the monastery. " Skellig Michael " is the Island with the bee-hive-huts on it, while " Little Skellig " is the one in a distance , only inhabited by millions of sea-birds...
There are more than 600 steps that you have to climb up in order to get to the stone-huts in a hight of 218 meters above sea-level. These steps are now more than 1000 years old.
Its a rather exhausting and steep path and you have to concentrate a lot in order not to fall, as every step is a bit different.
A fantastic day trip to another world!
Birds are the only inhabitants of these two islands these days. You can visit them on Skellig Michael during the day (when the weather permits the cruise over the Atlantic. Nothing for people who get seasick!!!!). I shared a biscuit with a puffin there, something I'll never forget! On the island you find ancient steps and a monestary with beehive huts monks built there around the year 600.
Adventurous 12km boat trip (huge waves, especially when you're on a small boat!). Magically the clouds disappear when you arrive at the island. Spectacular views!