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Skelligs Lighthouse

Place, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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Skelligs Lighthouse is one of the main sea lights off the South West coast and is located on the outer and larger of the Skellig rocks, eight miles from the nearest mainland point, North East of Puffin Island.

The two mountain tops rising like gothic cathedrals out of the sea are composed mainly of old sandstone and slate. The outer Great Skellig or Skellig Michael, where the lighthouse is situated, is half a mile long by 714 feet high. The inner Lesser Skellig is a quarter of a mile long by 445 feet high.

There are two lighthouses here, the first was built in 1826 and only had a short life being discontinued in 1870. the other was automated in 1987, and this is still active today.

The Skellig Visitor Centre has a reconstruction of Skelligs lighthouse, that you can go into and check out equipment, artefacts, log books, charts and personal effects of the lighthouse keepers, as well as finding out about the history of the lighthouse.

This location guide is partly done, we are currently working on it and it should be completed in the next month.


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Skelligs Lighthouse, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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5146.108' North   1032.519' West

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12 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

53 metres

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Fl (3) 15s

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19 nautical miles

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Commissioners of Irish Lights


CIL         Skellig Heritage Centre

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Skelligs Lighthouse, Co. Kerry, Ireland

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By:  Tracey Park    Section: Lighthouses Key:
Page Ref: skelligs Topic: Lighthouses Last Updated: 06/2010


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