Skellig Michael has captured the imagination for centuries. There has been many references to this great rock through the annuals of time. Today Skellig Michael is one of the top tourist destinations in Ireland and is undoubtedly the ultimate experience on the Wild Atlantic Way. We here are Carraig Liath house Bed and Breakfast are ideally located for you to explore the great rocks.
Skellig Michael a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Skellig Michael was awarded this prestigious accolade in 1996 here is the reasoning of the World Heritage Committee
"The Committee decided to inscribe the nominated property on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv) considering that the site is of outstanding universal value being an exceptional, and in many respects unique example of an early religious settlement deliberately sited on a pyramidal rock in the ocean, preserved because of a remarkable environment. It illustrates, as no other site can, the extremes of a Christian monasticism characterizing much of North Africa, the Near East and Europe."
Skellig Michael is only one of three UNESCO world heritage site in Ireland the others being New Grange and Giant Causeway.
History of Skellig Michael.
One can find the references to Skellig Michael through legendary accounts which go as far back as 1400 bc in Pagan times. The great Rock was the site of an Monastic settlement which dates back to the 6th or 7th century.
It is believed that the Skelligs is the end destination of an ancient sacred line of pilgrimage places that span Europe. This line runs from Palestine, through Greece, Italy, France and Ireland. This line is known as the Applo/St Michael axis,as it is believed to be known thousands of years before Christianity.
As I have already said Skellig Micheal was a monastic settlement and the home to about 12 monks. They lived in stone beehive shaped huts. The huts are round in the outside but are rectangular in the inside. They were carefully built to prevent even a single drop of rain from getting in. The Monks vacated Skellig Michael in the 13th century and moved to Ballinskelligs on the main land.
Skellig Michael trips.
Carraig Liath house is only a short walk to the marina where the boats leave to visit the Skellig Islands. The Boats depart Portmagee at 10 am and return at 4 pm. Also you have the option to go around the rocks with Skellig Michael Cruises who depart at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm from Portmagee also . This cruise takes approximately 2.5 hours. Also Carraig Liath house is literally across the road from the Skellig Experience centre.
Now that you have got a little more insight into the great rock,please do not hesitate to conatact me about staying in Carraig Liath House before you make a trip of a lifetime to Skellig Michael.
I look forward to hearing from you
Frances 087 6336100