Great Skellig 217m hill, Iveragh NW Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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Great SkelligHillSceilg Mhichíl A name in Irish (Ir. Sceilg Mhichíl [logainm.ie], 'rock of St. Michael')KerryCounty in Munster Province, in Binnion, Irish Islands Lists, Red conglomerate, sandstone & mudstone Bedrock
Reachable "On Foot " Y Height:217mOS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83XGrid Reference: V24600 60600 Place visited by 46 members. Recently by: jgfitz, finkey86, Aglaisio, rollingwave, DenisMc, gallybander, Cobhclimber, DavidWalsh, IainT, chalky, mirnamirna, Dbosonnet, jcofarrell, gmpr40, scannerman Island visited by 58 members. I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)I have visited this island: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)
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. The word sceilg is probably an early alternative form of speilic, both derived from Latin spelunca, ‘cave, den’, a word sometimes applied to hermit’s dwellings. The change sp- > sc- probably occurred in the early Christian period when Irish had no native words with p, cf. Ir. Cáisc, ‘Easter’, < Latin Pascha. It is no coincidence that two of the best known and earliest recorded instances of sceilg are at 6th century monastic sites with hermitages, namely Skellig Michael and Templenaskellig near St. Kevin’s Bed at Glendalough.
Sceilg Mhichíl is the 1364th highest place in Ireland. Sceilg Mhichíl is the most southerly summit and also the most westerly in the Iveragh NW area. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1031/