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The Skelligs, Ballinskelligs and the Glen

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The Skelligs, Ballinskelligs and the Glen
The gateway to this Gaeltacht area is close to Com an Easpaig (Coomanaspig), one of the highest points in Ireland accessible by car. Com an Easpaig reveals an unforgettable kaleidoscope of magnificent land and seascapes, particularly the Skellig Rocks and Puffin Island. It is imperative to stop and enjoy the view before descending to St. Finan’s Bay/The Glen, in the Iveragh Gaeltacht. The pier in The Glen is the nearest point on the mainland to the mighty Sceilg Mhichíl and a popular launch-pad for divers exploring the underwater world of wonder and splendour that surrounds this great rock island. The Skellig Rocks constitute Sceilg Mhichíl (Great Skellig), where there was an early Christian monastery, and An Sceilg Bheag (Little Skellig) with its huge bird colonies. The third island in the group is Oileán na gCánóg (Puffin Island). Besides the significant archaeological interest in Sceilg Mhichíl, and the wonderfully preserved monastic settlement, this remarkable group of inhospitable, weather-torn rocks, plays host to huge colonies of sea birds, both native and migratory. The Little Skellig is one of the world’s greatest gannetries.

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