The Emerald Isle

site, complete with some remarkably well preserved stone beehive huts in which the monks once lived. Little Skellig is a seabird sanctuary, home to hundreds of thousands of gannets, kittiwakes, petrels, and their like. 229 The Emerald Isle OPPOSITE, ABOVE & RIGHT: Staigue is a partly ruined stone ringfort three miles west of Sneem, on the Iveragh Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. The fort is thought to have been built during the late Iron Age, probably somewhere between AD 300 and 400, as a defensive stronghold for a local lord or king.