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Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience to learn about early Christian monks who braved a harsh existence on the rocky offshore islands. Continue your trip through the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Waterville.
Valentia, one of the largest islands off the South West coast of Kerry, is joined to the mainland by bridge via the Portmagee Channel. The island is one of great beauty and contrast. The western part of the island is dominated by the barren, dramatic cliffs of Bray Head which command spectacular views of the Kerry coastline while the mild effect of the Gulf Stream results in Valentia's balmy climate and lush, colourful vegetation.
In The Skellig Experience Centre you can experience many aspects of the offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land! Here, through re-creations and models you can study the works and lives of the Skellig monks of the early Christian period, their activities, their endurance and their dedication in gaining a foothold on a tiny, inhospitable, offshore island and creating a community there that survived for some 600 years. In The Skellig Experience’s 80-seat auditorium, through a 16-minute audio-visual presentation you can follow the footsteps of those Skellig monks, and wonder at the legacy of architecture that they left behind.
We did very much enjoy our trip to Ireland. All in all, we thought that the trip was well planned. We loved the Castle, that was a real treat to stay there on our first night in Ireland! We also thought that the Hotel in Killarney was very nice and we had a lovely large room overlooking the lake.
We really appreciated the day by day suggested agenda -- both the scenic plan, as well as the more direct one. We never accomplished all that we hoped --there is so much to see and do. We have decided that we must return.
We think that Irish tourism really contributed to our good experience. We definitely would recommend you to friends who are planning Irish vacations.
Mary Picard, Virginia, USA