Skellig Is, Co Kerry, Ireland
The Skelligs are unique and dramatic uninhabited rock formations islets located about five miles off the southwestern coast of Ireland. The name "Skellig" comes from a Gaelic word meaning "rock in the sea". Skellig Michael is known for its well-preserved early Christian monastery. The site, reached by steep steps, includes stone beehive-shaped huts, oratories and crosses. Thousands of puffins breed on Skellig Michael during the warmer months. To the northeast, the island of Little Skellig is home to a large colony of gannets. Skellig Michael was recently shown in the new Star Wars film but better known throughout the world of archaeology as an outpost of the Early Christian period – now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site . Many visitors claim that their boat tour to explore these wonders up close is the most unexpected pleasure of their entire vacation. The Skelligs are not accessible to foot traffic, but boat tours come reasonably close to the islands, weather permitting. Cruises take about 1½ hours and can be boarded at Valentia Island. The Great Skellig or Skellig Michael stands 700 feet above the surface of the sea. On this island, you’ll see the restored remains of a 6th century monastic settlement, including a well preserved church, oratory, and living cells built in a distinct beehive shape. There is also an 1820 lighthouse. It is said that the monks who lived here survived by trading with passing ships. They used a stairway carved into the rocks to reach the water; it is still visible today. On Little Skellig, the ground often appears to be white from a distance. This is because the island serves as a breeding ground for more than 20,000 pairs of gannets. Puffins congregate on Puffin Island, which also hosts petrel and shearwaters.All paintings will be shipped with cardboard front and back and padding for extra protection.
They are Painted with artist quality acrylic paints this painting comes professionally mounted. These paints are used to ensure longevity but as with all original artwork it is best hung out of direct sunlight.
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