Skellig Michael opening date for 2023 announced as Saturday 13th May – The Irish Times
The Unesco World Heritage site of Skellig Michael or Sceilg Mhichíl in Co Kerry will reopen for the 2023 season on Saturday 13 May, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has announced.
Visits are prohibited before this date as the early medieval monastery complex is unmanned. No completion date has been given, but typically the island sees its last visitors at the end of September.
The OPW said that, as always, the opening time will depend on favorable weather, sea and island conditions.
The panel also urged visitors to do their part to preserve the site as Skellig Michael joins a global project focused on the impacts of climate change.
“This is a particularly vulnerable site and visitors are asked to cooperate with our efforts to protect this monument,” the OPW said.
Dogs and other animals are not allowed at any time and visitors are reminded to watch out for falling rocks.
“Sceilg Mhichíl is one of Ireland’s most celebrated heritage sites and plays an important role in the local tourism economy, which we are proud to support through this and other OPW sites in the county.” Patrick O’Donovan, Secretary of State with responsibility for the OPW, said.
“Sceilg Mhichíl is undoubtedly one of the most challenging locations in the care of the OPW,” said the minister, noting its recent selection as one of ten global sites for the climate study.
Skellig Michael is the only European site participating in the Preserving Legacies: A Future For Our Past project.
“Our team is doing tremendous work against the severe challenges of its location, remoteness and unpredictable weather conditions to ensure safe access for visitors and protection of the island’s heritage,” said Mr. O’Donovan.
All prospective visitors are encouraged to view the Sceilg Mhichíl safety video before booking a visit to the island to get an idea of what to expect.
Visiting the monastery on the island involves climbing 618 steps over 180 m.
Visitors with health conditions are encouraged to “think carefully about their own limitations” before embarking on the climb. Booking is mandatory for those disembarking on the island.
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