Skellig Michael is a mystical rock that is just of the coast of Valentia Island abouut 8 km west of Valentia. One can see it clearly standing proud with its smaller brother the ” small skellig” equally as famous. The small skellig is the second largest Gannet colony in the world with 27,000 pairs approx.
Let us turn our attention to Skelligs Michael. People have been travelling to the rock for years. But of late it has got a huge injection of interest with the new star wars movies being shot there. So now you have fans coming to see this natural wonder, and many are visiting as before to see the world famous monastic settlement.
Skellig Michael a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In 1996 Skellig Michael was awarded UNESCO world heritage status. Please read the reasoning of the World Heritage Committee below:
“The Committee decided to inscribe the nominated property on the basis of cultural criteria (iii) and (iv) considering that the site is of outstanding universal value being an exceptional, and in many respects unique example of an early religious settlement deliberately sited on a pyramidal rock in the ocean, preserved because of a remarkable environment. It illustrates, as no other site can, the extremes of a Christian monasticism characterizing much of North Africa, the Near East and Europe.”
Skellig Michael is only one of three UNESCO world heritage site in Ireland the others being New Grange and Giant Causeway.