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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:01

    @Dermo. Obviously not in the UK, but where would be a good place for accommodation to visit the skelligs and any other interesting places/things nearby? Thinking of coming over early June. Skellig Michael 3275847336



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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:06

    My old man's house!!






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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:09

    I'll pm you over the next week. I have to paint the house at some stage. Will try to get our dates to overlap. Leave it with me for a few days. I know one of my brothers is due to stay a week in June sometime. Regards places to see, I'll post a few photos






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    Post by Mcqueen on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:13

    If its free i would also like to come. Skellig Michael 3025408739, Joking, i cant spare the time to frolic about places of interest Skellig Michael 3913804730
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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:19

    Gap of Dunloe ( about 5 miles from my dad's house ). It's fabulous. Takes about 3 hours to walk ( up and down) or you can get a boat into Killarney from the far side.


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    Slea Head ( its the far side of Dingle and better drive than the Ring of Kerry )

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    You can get a boat out to Skellig Michael from the pier ( last photo above)
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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:20

    3rdforum wrote:I'll pm you over the next week. I have to paint the house at some stage. Will try to get our dates to overlap. Leave it with me for a few days. I know one of my brothers is due to stay a week in June sometime. Regards places to see, I'll post a few photos

    Cheers Dermo. I'm off from June 8th to 20th. A nice week in Ireland will calm me down after this decorating lark! Skellig Michael 3025408739 Probably fly to Shannon and hire a car then drive down. Skellig Michael 294053457 I'll have to persuade Mermaid first though... Skellig Michael 1554180325



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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:23

    Where's the pier? Is that Portmagee?



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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:24

    Mcqueen wrote:If its free i would also like to come. Skellig Michael 3025408739, Joking, i cant spare the time to frolic about places of interest Skellig Michael 3913804730

    You'd be very welcome Reg!






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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:30

    No, thats Dún Chaoin ( Doon Queen) where Ryan's Daughter was filmed. I posted photos of it before. Here's a reminder.

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    Its the nearest point to the Blaskets ( and Skellig michael). That being said, the boat that brings you out is just that!. Its more like a large dinghy with a bit of a shelter on it.

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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 20:48

    This is where his house is. Even if its not available, Killorglin would make a good base. Its on the ring of Kerry and provides easy access to the Dingle peninsula.

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    The house is the dormer down to the left ( Sorry, I can't get the hang of saving these feckin maps)






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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:01

    This one? Skellig Michael 2419626307
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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:14

    Thats the one Skellig Michael 294053457






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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:15

    There must have been some slippage on the left Skellig Michael 3025408739






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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:17

    Bloody hell! What's that...5 bedrooms? It's massive! Skellig Michael 2419626307



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    Post by Mermaid on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:21

    Its lovely Dermo.



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    Post by Campbell Brodie on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:23

    I've sorted the foundations...
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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:28

    It would be like a busman's holiday for you Reg. There's a big telegraph pole in the front garden Skellig Michael 3025408739






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    Post by Mcqueen on Thu 16 May 2013 - 21:33

    3rdforum wrote:It would be like a busman's holiday for you Reg. There's a big telegraph pole in the front garden Skellig Michael 3025408739

    Skellig Michael 3095951175 I dont do poles, Cam doe's,
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    Post by 3rdforum on Thu 16 May 2013 - 22:09

    I'm feckin losing the plot






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    Post by Mcqueen on Thu 16 May 2013 - 22:26

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    Post by 3rdforum on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 17:01

    Well, I survived Skellig Michael. My brother in law and myself did it last Saturday morning. We got a boat out from Portmagee, Co. Kerry. It took about an hour to get there. The crossing wasn't too bad considering we were 8 miles out in the Atlantic. Because I'm a feckin muppet and forgot my camera, some of these photos aren't great, they were taken with my phone.
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    This is the little road they built from the pier on the island. There was no gangplank off the boat, you have to jump from the boat to the steps

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    (Sorry, I cant get it to load right way up!)

    We were met by a guide at the bottom of the steps who gave us a safety lecture.He told us to keep to the inside of the steps. Like I needed to be told that!!
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    Don't look down!

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    Long way down!!

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    Even longer way down!!

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    Nearly there. Thats Little Skellig in the background. I have a few close ups of that later.

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    We did it. This is me not at all looking scared at the top of the steps.

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    The monastery.  It took several generations to build, maybe over 200 years. They first built a massive retaining wall ( dry stone, no mortar) and slowly raised the ground level on the inside. Once it was @ 70 foot high, they built a little garden with soil from the mainland and the beehive huts. ( All stone and soil was lifted by hand up all those steps)

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    The walls of the huts are @ 6/7 foot thick. Inside, the remain more or less around the same temperature all year round.

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    My favourite photo

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    One of the guides giving a talk on the place
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    These were another set of steps to the bottom but the last 50 feet or so, were blasted away when they made the road/path

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    The graves of two children of lighthouse keepers in the 1800's who died on the island.

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    Some bollix that I don't know and I'm definitely not related to.

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    There used to be a rock sticking out at the top of this promontory. Apparently, people used to crawl to the edge and kiss it. The rock has since fallen into the sea.

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    Time for the descent

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    Looking back to the entrance to the monastery

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    There were puffins everywhere, very tame

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    Leaving the island

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    On the return trip, we went close to Little Skellig. This is the 2nd biggest gannetry in the world. My brother in law got shat upon, right on top of his head!  Skellig Michael 3025408739

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    Our last look at the two islands

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    Post by Mcqueen on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 17:38

    Brilliant Dermot  Skellig Michael 294053457  My legs always hurt more coming down a hike than going up  Skellig Michael 3275847336 
    No shortage of stone round there then  Skellig Michael 1498946960
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    Post by 3rdforum on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 17:40

    Same here Reg. My legs were a bit rubbery after the climb down.






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    Post by Mcqueen on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 17:45

    Hell of a place innit, No TV in those days  Skellig Michael 3025408739 Lets build something,   Skellig Michael 2419626307 
    How long did it take to build Dermot  Skellig Michael 3275847336
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    Post by 3rdforum on Tue 3 Jun 2014 - 17:48

    200 years. They did it in the 6th century. They even have a rainwater collection system built into the ground.







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