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Skellig Islands

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large_1297706_14339634653674.jpgToday we have scheduled a boat trip to the Skellig islands. We had some coffe in the pub and then to the harbour looking for Shaunie. Various tour boats are ready to go, but Shaunie's not there yet. He will be here shortly they said and after a bit there he was. We are all together eleven and Shaunie, ready to go. It's already 10:30 and we still have some way to go. There are some damp leaflets with information on the islands and the birds living there on the boat, and we soon found out why they were damp.

My travel guide said we would only circle around the islands, but we actually got to visit Skellig Michael. Probably because the breeding season is over we could visit. On Skellig Michael there are a lot of steps leading to the monastery on the top. Its a 6th century monastery built with only the flat rocks found on the island. I was pretty much out of breath when I got up there but it's a really nice site. I can imagine it would have gotten very lonely for the monks living there. Despite the harsh circumstances it withstood the test of time pretty well.

At 13:30 we had to be back down to continue our boat trip.large_1297706_14339635112370.jpg We sailed around Little Skellig, entirely inhabited by seabirds, gannet (lots of them) andof course gulls. Sadly the puffins already left to go south, I would have loved to see them. At a bit after three o'clock we were back at Portmagee [Portmagee-travel-guide-938466] and after a hot drink at the pub we went on our way, on the N70 to Tralee [Tralee-travel-guide-939228] and on towards Limerick [Limerick-travel-guide-937749], we stopped at Adare [Adare-travel-guide-933754] to take some pictures of the Friary and the Castle and again in Limerick to take some pictures of st. John’s Castle, it already was too late for a decent visit. We found our B&B in Doora, next to the church, you can't miss it. We went for dinner to the next town, Quin, the local pub had great food and lateron live music.

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:33 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes birds nature island coastline skellig

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