The Emerald Isle

The Emerald Isle OPPOSITE: Skellig Micheal, County Kerry, as well as having the remains of an early monastic site (see page 188) is also home to an abundance of birdlife including kittiwakes and puffins. Little Skellig which can be viewed from Skellig Michael is a bird sanctuary. ABOVE: The Gallus Oratory, County Kerry, has survived the elements in this remote part of the Dingle Peninsula for over 1,000 years. Built as a place for quiet private prayer, the Oratory remains a moving and evocative Christian site. 227 harbor in Europe, and Derrynane, whose wide sandy beaches stretch for miles. There is the amazingly well- preserved Staigue Fort near Caherdaniel, one of the best in Ireland, while the island group, the Skelligs, are within a pleasure boat’s cruising distance off the tip of the peninsula. Skellig Michael offers the hardy tourist, via a 500-ft (150-m) climb up a stone stairway, built a thousand years ago, a view of a particularly magnificent monastic