Thing to Do Category: Tourist Offices and Centres
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In THE SKELLIG EXPERIENCE CENTRE you can experience many aspects of those 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!
Here, through re-creations and models you can study the works and lives of the Skellig monks of the early Christian period, their activities, their endurance and their dedication in gaining a foothold on a tiny, inhospitable, offshore island and creating a community there that survived for some 600 years. In The Skellig Experience’s 80-seat auditorium, through a 16-minute audio-visual presentation you can follow the footsteps of those Skellig monks, and wonder at the legacy of architecture that they left behind.
Here too, in The Skellig Experience’s re-created Skellig sea cliff, with life-size models and related presentations, you can get to know, by sight and sound, the life and times of the seabirds of Skellig.
The Skellig Experience Centre also offers – again through artefacts and realistic re-creations – an experience of Skellig lighthouse – its history – its light keepers and its service to mariners since the 1820’s.
In The Skellig Experience Centre the underwater life of Skellig is presented through a gallery of the still photographs of visiting international Skellig divers and through a colourful video exclusively from Skellig waters.
The Skellig Experience Centre also includes a retail area with many Skellig-related, Kerry-related and Ireland-related books, souvenirs and crafts.
‘Fionan’s Kitchen’, our ‘restaurant-with-a-view’, overlooking the waterfront of Portmagee Channel, and seating up to 48 persons, offers teas, coffees, snacks, sandwiches – and larger meals.
And, of course, you can always enjoy the good food and keen shopping at the Skellig Experience Centre even without entering the exhibition area!
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