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Skellig Michael - VISIT AN EXTRAORDINARY, FAR-FLUNG PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE
TRY A TASTE OF HEAVEN ON THE SKELLIG COAST
Dursey Island - TAKE THE CABLE CAR FOR ‘EUROPE’S	LAST SUNSET’

Skellig Michael - VISIT AN EXTRAORDINARY, FAR-FLUNG PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE

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Wild Atlantic Way

 
  • Wild Atlantic Way

    Wild Atlantic Way

    
    

    Have you ever dreamed of embarking on a journey of discovery, to hidden places and secret worlds where all kinds of enchantments lie waiting for you? Well now you can, along the wildest, most captivating, coastal driving route in the world – Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way!

    Tucked away in little villages and towns that snuggle into the coastline are delightful cafes and restaurants, where you can indulge in your passion for good food and great wine. Maybe you will hear a few words of Irish spoken along the way in Ireland’s Gaeltacht (Irish speaking regions) or reignite your passion for life while surfing on magnificent waves off the coast of Donegal and Sligo. Or you might take time to reflect on times past with a visit to the ruins of a sixth centurymonastic settlement on the stunning Skellig Michael in Kerry. You may roam through the romantic beauty of scenic Ards Forest Park in Donegal. Or you might watch the weather change from the historic Clare Island Lighthouse in Mayo. Wherever you go along the Wild Atlantic Way, you will encounter moments of magic, moments to treasure and experiences that you will want to return to again and again. 

    If you’re looking for something that little bit special, take in one of the ‘Signature Experiences’ at some of the breath-taking Discovery Points along the Way. Here, at these points of outstanding scenic beauty, are experiences that every visitor will savour – from celebrating the summer solstice at Féile Grianán Áiligh in Donegal to trekking across the sands on a Connemara Pony in Galway to experiencing the lush vegetation and sub-tropical shrubs of Garinish Island in Cork.  This breath – taking coastal route will intrigue and remain in your heart and mind long after you have returned home to the everyday world.

    Parknasilla Resort & Spa is located on the Wild Atlantic way and there is a number of signature experiences located within a short driving distance from the resort.

  • Skellig Michael

    Skellig Michael

    Eight miles off Kerry’s magnificent Iveragh Peninsula – where Ireland’s highest mountain range sweeps down to the wild Atlantic coast – is one of the wonders of the world: Skellig Michael. 1300 years ago, early Christian monks built a remarkable hermitage at the top of this jagged ocean crag – then at the furthest limits of the 

    known world. Steep steps are carved into the rock. Near the 213 metres (700ft) summit is a collection of ‘beehive’ monastic cells: solitary places for contemplation and prayer, as far from the distractions of civilisation as it was possible to be.
     
    This extraordinary, far-flung place of pilgrimage –  is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can be reached by the adventurous – for a sometimes life-changing visit – on a small boat from Portmagee or Ballinskelligs … but only when the weather allows, and only for those with good sea legs and a head for heights.
     
  • Ring of the Skelligs

    Ring of the Skelligs

    Halfway round the Iveragh Peninsula, narrow byways lead off the main Ring of Kerry towards Ballinskelligs. Signs change to Irish and 9 miles offshore two jagged crags – Oileáin na Scealaga – rise out of the Atlantic: Little Skellig, ghostly white, is home to one of the largest seabird colonies in the world, and Skellig Michael. The coastal route, the Skellig Ring, takes you along narrow lanes on clifftops dotted with sheep, with wild Atlantic waves crashing below. At St Finian’s Bay – down at the shoreline where the monks embarked en route for Skellig Michael – a very earthly pleasure awaits: a cup of hot chocolate at Europe’s most westerly chocolate factory. While surf crashes onto the tiny beach outside, you are enveloped in the warm smells of chocolate-making, inside ebullient Colm Healy’s family-run Skelligs Chocolate factory, at the edge of the world. 
    Heaven!
  • Dursey Island

    Dursey Island

    It’s a dramatic drive along the north edge of the remote Beara Peninsula, with views north and west across the mussel rafts and seal colonies in Kenmare Bay, to Ireland’s highest mountains, and the ghostly outline of the Skelligs out at sea. The land ends at the Dursey Sound – where strong tides make travelling by boat hazardous. Yet out to sea is Dursey Island, one of over 100 islands off West Cork – seven of which, including this one, are inhabited. Three families live and farm on this tiny island, and you can take a 10-minute ride – above the waves, on Ireland’s only cable car – to explore it on foot.
     
    There’s a lighthouse, castle ruins, a signal tower, standing stones, and stunning sunsets – known locally as “Europe’s last”. But do take note of the cable-car etiquette in this corner of the world: the residents – with or without their sheep – take priority over visitors in the queue for a crossing.