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Sceilg Mhichíl Hill Great Skellig A name in English
(Ir. Sceilg Mhichíl [logainm.ie], 'rock of St. Michael') Kerry County, in Binnion List, Red conglomerate, sandstone & mudstone Bedrock

Height: 217m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83X Grid Reference: V24600 60600 This summit has been logged as climbed by 38 members. Recently by: chalky, mirnamirna, Dbosonnet, jcofarrell, gmpr40, scannerman, fingalscave, garrettd, Conor74, Sloane, harry66, cotopaxi, yambox, kipper, mikeoneill00
I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -10.541804, Latitude: 51.770775 , Easting: 24600, Northing: 60600 Prominence: 217m,   Isolation: 2.5km
ITM: 424588 560664,   GPS IDs, 6 char: GrtSkl, 10 char: GrtSklg
Bedrock type: Red conglomerate, sandstone & mudstone, (Old Red Sandstone (undifferentiated))

The highest point on the island is known as Cró na Snáthaide, 'eye of the needle', and was visited by pilgrims who kissed a cross-inscribed slab overhanging the abyss. This fell into the sea at some time during the 19th century. As access to the summit is now forbidden to protect the site, a visit to the monastery will count as an ascent of this peak.   Sceilg Mhichíl is the 1355th highest summit in Ireland. Sceilg Mhichíl is the most southerly summit and also the most westerly in the Iveragh NW area.

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I went to Skellig Michael a couple years ago befo .. by Alaskan   (Show all for Sceilg Mhichíl)
 
Awesome...just awesome... .. by Conor74   (Show all for Sceilg Mhichíl)
 
The summit experience...
by Peter Walker  20 Dec 2013
In the absence of anyone able to provide us with anecdotal remeniscence of an ascent of Skellig Michael, I thought a post I happened upon on the UK Climbing forums might be of interest...

"Years ago (1990ish) I snuck off from a boatload of visitors to the 'monastery' and soon found my way to the high point of the island.
It was an easy enough scramble but once at the summit rock, the sense of exposure was terrifying. The land was all beneath and the atlantic stretched away on the horizon for 360 degrees.

With a stiff breeze blowing, it was a challenge to detach myself from the rock and begin the downclimb - not so much a crux move as sheer elemental terror and a feeling of my own personal insignificance, the sense of being connected to the earth had evaporated in that moment.
What I found remarkable about the summit is that it was once one of the most important sites for pilgrimage in western Europe.

I believe there are similar beehive structures in the Outer Hebrides."

Suitably intrigued, I contacted the author (Mike Foyle) for permission to post it up here. He has agreed, and also very generously elaborated a bit upon his original post.

"If I remember ( it was about 1990) , it was a relatively easy scramble, I needed to use my hands. I think at the time I was more fearful of missing the return boat, or of someone stopping me, so I just headed up quickly. I guess that's why I ended up feeeling as I did, because in rushing up, there was no gradual acclimatisation to the increasing exposure. The terror came within the last few feet when there was nothing but air and sea and wind. I remember seeing the rusted stump, which I took to be the remnant of a cross, and marvelled at the people who had toiled to fix it there, and the pilgrims who had made the same journey.

I feel privileged to have been there. I'd hate it to become part of a list to tick though. I guess that sounds elitist but it was a humbling experience which, to me is at odds with the modern mentality of conquering summits ( I've done my share of that also)."

I suggest that anyone planning a 'sneaking away from the guardians' ascent to the highest point should bear in mind that this post came from a CLIMBING forum, and Mike's idea of an 'easy scramble' might be slightly more technically difficult than yours... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1031/comment/15285/
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Fabulous place. Go in summer when the puffins ar .. by cormacg   (Show all for Sceilg Mhichíl)
 
Reading comments about the boat to the Skellig Ro .. by wellaway   (Show all for Sceilg Mhichíl)
 
Monks are not stupid - great piece of nature in t .. by yambox   (Show all for Sceilg Mhichíl)
 
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