With a deep Irish history and picturesque landscapes, Ballinskelligs is one of only a handful of areas in County Kerry where the locals still speak traditional Irish. While this ancient village has modernized since it was first developed in the 6th century, Ballinskelligs is full of charm and character for visitors to discover.
Ballinskelligs gets its name from its unique origin – in the 5th century, monks made their home on the Skelligs rock adjacent to the village. “Baile” is Irish for town, and “Baile na Skelligs” means “town of the Skelligs.” Visitors can still visit these islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, just off the coast from Ballinskelligs.
Travelers to this area can explore a variety of pre-historic and early Christian ruins found in the surrounding countryside and nearby Bolus Head, including the ruins of Cill Rialiag which contain an oratory, the remains of ancient beehive huts, and two ornately inscribed stones. The area is also home to a beach, Skelligs Castle, and the ruins of an Augustinian priory.
Hotels and hostels are more difficult to come by in this area, as many visitors prefer to stay in vacation homes or holiday rentals. Hostels can provide an exciting way to experience this unique area, especially for travelers looking to save a little money. Staying at a hotel or hostel in Ballinskelligs is a great option for visitors who hope to spend some time discovering more of this village’s Irish past.
Located along the southwest edge of the Iveragh peninsula, Ballinskellig is a bit of a trek for travelers looking to get to a local hostel or hotel. Since there is no train or bus service to Ballinskellig, visitors will need to take a taxi or rent a car from nearby Killarney or Cahersiveen after taking a shuttle from the airport. Ferry service can also be enjoyed by tourists from Swansea to Cork.
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