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The Skellig Experience

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Valentia Island, Kerry, Republic of Ireland

This heritage centre tells the story of the Skellig Rocks. Learn about the monks who lived on these desolate rocks, the seabirds, the nearby lighthouses and the marine life of the Skelligs.

In the Skellig Experience Centre you can experience many aspects of the offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry.

This heritage centre tells the story of the Skellig rocks. There are four themes covered in the exhibition.

Firstly the history and archaeology of Skellig Michael's Early Christian monastery. Secondly the sea birds who are such a part of the Skelligs, their habitat and their world wide travels. Then the lighthouses which have given 161 years of service to mariners. And finally the underwater Skellig, which has colour and magic equal to any sea in the world.

These themes are explored using graphics, models, exhibition items and lighthouse keeper ship-to-shore communication, accentuated by the sounds of sea birds.