On Skellig Michael

It was easy to get to Skellig Michael a few years ago, before Star Wars

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Our bed-and-breakfast, in Portmagee, just rang the boats and booked us a place

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The boat-ride was choppy and wild, one hour – no life-jackets available

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We circled Little Skellig for a while because the sea was too agitated and Skellig Michael has no harbour

Just a rock that you have to jump onto

Once on the rock, there are 618 steps to climb

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There had been some recent deaths on Skellig Michael, from falls

We were given a lecture about always watching our feet

It was good advice

There were vertiginous moments

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In June there were also puffins

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Everywhere

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There are sheer drops to the side of you all the way up

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The place does feel like something from another world

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At the top of Skellig Michael is an ancient monastic site

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That dates from a thousand years ago

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People lived in these beehive huts all year round, lashed by the Atlantic winds

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They are buried here …

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Under ancient crosses

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Little Skellig is always on the horizon

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Wherever you are

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Coming down Skellig Michael is no easier

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Than going up

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Watch your feet

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At all times

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When you’re not looking

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At the spectacular views

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And puffins

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At the jetty, we jumped back on the boat

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Which was a bit challenging

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Journeying away from the Skellig

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The skies were darker than before and the passengers were quiet

We could hardly believe that we were ever on that strange rock

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From the mainland, on Valentia Island, the Skellig exerts a magical pull

It’s hard to stop looking at it

Knowing you were on it just the day before

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Skellig Michael was a bucket-list experience, a real one

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I hear it’s harder to get to, now

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But ask your B&B, if you’re in Kerry

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