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Iveragh NW Area   SW: Skelligs Subarea
Place count in area: 18, OSI/LPS Maps: 83, 84 
Highest place:
Knocknadobar, 690m
Maximum height for area: 690 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 565 metres,

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Skellig Michael Hill Sceilg Mhichíl A name in Irish, also Great Skellig an extra name in English (Ir. Sceilg Mhichíl [logainm.ie], 'rock of St. Michael') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Binnion, Irish Islands Lists, Red conglomerate, sandstone & mudstone Bedrock

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Height: 217m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 83X Grid Reference: V24600 60600
Place visited by 57 members. Recently by: Emiliamain, maoris, daitho9, Wes, tsheehy, Moses, trevorf, JohnAshton, liz50, mrmikelennon, jimmytherabbit, jgfitz, finkey86, Aglaisio, rollingwave
Island visited by 91 members.
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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: SklgMc, 10 char: SklgMchl
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. 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 1367th 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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Skellig Michael (<i>Sceilg Mhichíl</i>) in area Iveragh NW, Ireland
Picture: Monastery summit from the main summit
 
Once Upon a Time in the West
by IainT  4 Apr 2018
Back in the mists of time (well 1996 anyway, before there were any access restrictions) I did the same as Michael Foley and made the detour to the top of the Skellig. As far as I can remember it was easy as far as the hermit's hut (which had a brilliantly simple system for keeping grit out of the water supply), then it got much steeper and quite intimidating. I recall a steep chimney on big holds, then the exposure on the summit was absolutely gobsmacking. A knife edged spar of rock projects over the void and apparently there used to be a cross out on the end of it which pilgrims had to go out and kiss. The cross had gone by the time I visited but I couldn't resist edging out to the end - on my backside with one leg either side, no way was I doing it standing up! The descent seemed oddly easier than going up, then I tagged on to the talk and tour at the monastery before we had to make a rapid exit as the wind got up. The journey back was fairly bouncy, and several times I was thrown up into the air as I hung onto a rail. The whole island is an amazing place, stunning scenery and historically fascinating. Only St Kilda compares for me, and although the cliffs there are much bigger and the isolation greater it doesn't have the same "perched in the sky" feel. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1031/comment/18740/
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