`Magic that takes you out, far out, of this time and this world.'
George Bernard Shaw, after a visit to Skellig
This is the story of two of the world's most stunning and unspoilt islands,Skellig Michael and Small Skellig, which lie off the coast of Kerry.Lavelle explores the extraordinary, isolated Early Christian monastic settlement with its stone `beehive' huts. He describes the abundant bird life, including the huge colony of gannets, and tells of the history, legend, geology, plant life, the lighthouse, the seals and the underwater world.
A comprehensive and accessible book on a unique and fascinating place.
Des Lavelle is a veteran of many years of the Skellig islands and is the son, grandson, and great grandson of a lighthouse family. Author, historian, diver, photographer, lecturer and ornithologist, he runs regular tours of the islands during the Summer. His intimate knowledge of the islands, his passion for island photography and his live slide presentations about the Skelligs have taken him on lecture tours all over Europe and to about thirty cities of the USA. His website contains more information about Des and the islands.