You cannot help but find inspiration in this place, with its power woven deep into the sights, sounds and stories of the region. Just as the monks’ quest for spiritual connection led them on a journey to the remote corners of the ‘Edge of the World’, it is easy to appreciate today how the landscape still sparks an urge for reflection and self-discovery for many who grace its shores. The age-old holy trails, sacred sites, Irish language and sense of tranquillity that exist harmoniously with all the forces of the Wild Atlantic Way have a transcendent power that is hard to resist – one that can truly reinvigorate the soul. 

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Follow the Story of the Monks to the Edge of the World. Retrace the steps of Ireland’s monastic forefathers as they set out on a quest for deep spirituality and connection with their Creator to be found within a state of awe-inspiring isolation at the edge of the world.

Take a Pilgrimage and embark upon a journey of self-discovery like no other as you find inspiration along the holy trails and sacred sites of the Skellig Coast. Visit the many holy wells along the Kerry Way on a pilgrims trail, travel along the Blueways on your own pilgrimage or walk to Bolus Head and join the Monk’s Trail at Ballinskelligs or Cnoc na dTobar.

Pause in the Gardens at Derrynane House or along the Derrynane Seashore and reflect on the journey of St Fíonán (Derrynane named for the Saint) or Daniel O’Connell’s journey from Dublin to Derrynane for inspiration.

Take a night tour from the Skellig Experience Centre to look over the ancient remains of an Abbey and beehive huts older than Skellig Michael on the little island of Illaunloughan.

Take a tour of the Ring Forts (Leacanabuaile, Cahergal, Loher & Staigue) with a local guide to hear the stories of Viking raiders.

Take an artist’s retreat at the Cill Rialaig Famine Village on your own journey of discovery and inspiration from nature.

Visit the Church Islands of Lough Currane & Valentia Harbour.

Visit the Holy Well and Healing Point at Glanleam Gardens.

See the lunar stones near Ballinskelligs and the solar stones near Waterville. 

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