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PostSubject: Skellig Michael   Wed May 21, 2014 11:07 pm

I've finally taken the plunge ( figuratively I hope) and booked Skellig Michael trip next Sat week. Even the boat trip ( open boat is 7.5m x 3.5m ) will be an adventure. When we get to the island ( 8 miles out in the Atlantic), you have to jump from the boat and grab hold of the ladder to climb up!!  pale THEN, its a 600 foot climb on 1000 year old steps to get to the top. Some of the steps are right at the edge!!  pale  I should be fine though, there has only been 2 fatalities in the last 8 years there! ( No handrails or modern conveniences of any sort allowed i.e. no toilet as it is a world heritage site and they dont want to deface it. I'm bringing a roll of toilet paper cos I'm pretty sure I'll be bricking it!  pale pale pale 

The video below shows what it is like. The Skellig bit starts at 39.55 minutes. ( Actually, the first 5 minutes is about where I live)
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed May 21, 2014 11:15 pm

You forgot to post the video  lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed May 21, 2014 11:16 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed May 21, 2014 11:17 pm

Oh for crissakes!!!!!!!!


39.55 in and the first few minutes is about Galway

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed May 21, 2014 11:30 pm

Thats going to be a nice little adventure, love stuff like that.

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed May 21, 2014 11:32 pm

I'm not great with heights. I reckon I'll be ok going up, but coming down OMG!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Thu May 22, 2014 12:03 am

Dont look  lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Sat May 24, 2014 9:25 am

Doesn't seem to be much of a family holiday destination to me lol!

I take it it's not all inclusive? Very Happy

It's probably in Daryn's holiday price bracket anyway lolol




Look forward to the pics Dermo Thumsup

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:06 pm

Well, I survived Skellig Michael. My brother in law and myself did it last Saturday morning. We got a boat out from Portmagee, Co. Kerry. It took about an hour to get there. The crossing wasn't too bad considering we were 8 miles out in the Atlantic. Because I'm a feckin muppet and forgot my camera, some of these photos aren't great, they were taken with my phone.
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This is the little road they built from the pier on the island. There was no gangplank off the boat, you have to jump from the boat to the steps

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(Sorry, I cant get it to load right way up!)

We were met by a guide at the bottom of the steps who gave us a safety lecture.He told us to keep to the inside of the steps. Like I needed to be told that!!
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Don't look down!

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Long way down!!

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Even longer way down!!

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Nearly there. Thats Little Skellig in the background. I have a few close ups of that later.

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We did it. This is me not at all looking scared at the top of the steps.

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The monastery. It took several generations to build, maybe over 200 years. They first built a massive retaining wall ( dry stone, no mortar) and slowly raised the ground level on the inside. Once it was @ 70 foot high, they built a little garden with soil from the mainland and the beehive huts. ( All stone and soil was lifted by hand up all those steps)

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The walls of the huts are @ 6/7 foot thick. Inside, the remain more or less around the same temperature all year round.

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My favourite photo

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One of the guides giving a talk on the place
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These were another set of steps to the bottom but the last 50 feet or so, were blasted away when they made the road/path

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The graves of two children of lighthouse keepers in the 1800's who died on the island.

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Some bollix that I don't know and I'm definitely not related to.

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There used to be a rock sticking out at the top of this promontory. Apparently, people used to crawl to the edge and kiss it. The rock has since fallen into the sea.

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Time for the descent

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Looking back to the entrance to the monastery

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There were puffins everywhere, very tame

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Leaving the island

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On the return trip, we went close to Little Skellig. This is the 2nd biggest gannetry in the world. My brother in law got shat upon, right on top of his head! :Belly Laugh:

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Our last look at the two islands

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:16 pm

WOW what a great adventure well done and thanks for the photos, your phone camera really worked well. Thats an awesome place to visit thanks for sharing and repped  clap 

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:41 pm

I meant to say, there was an American who told the guide at the top and I quote "You guys should sell T-shirts with photos of Skellig Michael on them". There was a stunned silence from all who heard him.  silent 
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:51 pm

The camera worked fine Dermo! Well done mate, rep from me Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:00 pm

Smashing mate, rep from me too.
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:21 pm

yes very enjoyable Dermot, looks a real good adventure, rep from me
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:26 pm

Thanks guys. I've never been to Machu Pichu but I've been to Chichen Itza in Mexico. This is on another scale completely. Everyone should do it at least once in their lives. ( particularly before they start selling t-shirts and sticks of rock there!)
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:29 pm

The boat trip would be the biggest scare for me  Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:32 pm

Actually, it was fine. I even took the waterproofs off when I got there and wore shorts for the journey home
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:28 pm

Did you do Chichen Itza when they still allowed you to climb it Dermo?
Because you couldn't climb it, I didn't bother going there, went to the one at Coba instead. (which you could still climb).




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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:36 pm

It was 1997 when I was there Mark. I didn't know they stopped people from climbing. I wonder cos there were 3 fatalities a year on the castle ( at least thats what we were told). Anyway, we climbed it no problem. The way down was a different kettle of fish. I took the 1st 2 steps and then came down on my arse the rest of the way  Embarassed 
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:16 am

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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:53 am

OK Sue and I now have to go and visit, rep for that compilation
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:40 pm

Muchas Gracias Dads. I'm not a spiritual person but there is a serenity and mysticism about that place. I'm definitely going to go back, this time with a proper camera.
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PostSubject: Re: Skellig Michael   Sat Jun 07, 2014 12:34 am

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I took the 1st 2 steps and then came down on my arse the rest of the way  Embarassed 

 lol! lol! Well you won't be surprised to hear that my Jan only got about 30 steps up that Mexican pyramid and then had to turn around and come down on her ar$e as well lol!

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