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

Reachable "On Foot " Y
Height: 217m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83X Grid Reference: V24600 60600 This place has been logged as visited by 41 members. Recently by: peter1, DavidWalsh, IainT, chalky, mirnamirna, Dbosonnet, jcofarrell, gmpr40, scannerman, fingalscave, garrettd, Conor74, Sloane, harry66, cotopaxi
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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 1360th highest place in Ireland. Sceilg Mhichíl is the most southerly summit and also the most westerly in the Iveragh NW area.

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dbloke on Sceilg Mhichíl, 2008
by dbloke  28 Sep 2008
Reaching the highest point of Sceilg Mhicíl could prove to be a tad tricky. Not least because there's a fence and a big sign saying "Keep Out" blocking access; but it's slightly more rocky, steeper and pointier than your average Mountain Views summit. Doesn't look like there's too much standing room on top either. Reaching the high point of the main part the island is no more easy. The guides from OPW (Office of Public Works) chase down anybody that strays too far from the monastery. They're not the toughest looking bunch, but I can imagine them chasing after you with a big stick should you disobey them. And maybe taking down your name. So, does climbing the 600 odd steps to the monastery count as having bagged it? Either way, the boat trip out to the rock is a blast, taking about an hour from Portmagee. Take a spare pair of underpants though. They hand out jackets and trousers on the boat which are useless. We got soaked through to the bone on the return trip. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1031/comment/3339/
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