Ballinskelligs Abbey

Ballinskelligs Abbey: Address, Ballinskelligs Abbey Reviews: 4.5/5

Ballinskelligs Abbey
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James O
Cork, Ireland557 contributions
The Architecture and General Area is Stunning
Sep 2020
Not a lot to see but if you like old architecture and marvel at old construction and grave yards then this is definitely worth a stop as you are in the area.
I would advise parking in the beach car park from where the Abey is just a short meander across the beach or duns.
The architecture is stunning and the scenic views are alone worth the stop. The abbey is being worked on but still accessible from the external.
I think all ages would enjoy the walk and the Abbey ground for different reasons, however underfoot conditions aren't great for the unstable.
Also just a further short walk to a ruined fortification on the beach
Written 23 September 2020
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Four Points Travel
League City, TX120 contributions
Beautiful Abbey
Nov 2019
We tend to stop at every ruined abbey we can find, this one is one of our favorites. We happened onto this, as we do all of our favorite places in Ireland, in search of a local geocache, and it was a really great experience. It was undergoing restoration work, but that didn't bother us, the ambiance is still the same. We had passing November showers that we hid from here, then watched them blow across the bay each time with a rainbow for a reward. This is a magical location, get off the beaten path and come here.
park at the beach and take the walk, visit this and the nearby tower ruins.
Written 30 May 2020
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,730 contributions
St. Michael's Abbey where the Monks from Skelling Micahel ended up
Sep 2019
The location of this Augustinian Priory at Ballinskelligs Bay is simply stunning. Most of the present buildings date to the 15th century. There was only enough parking for one car at the Abbey itself (and it was very tight to turn the car around) but you can park at the beach and take the short walk over.
A sign at the priory advise that sometime in the 12th century the monks of Skellig Michael sensibly abandoned the island and came here to this priory.
Written 19 October 2019
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mdc5027
New York City, NY48 contributions
Cool Old Abbey and Graveyard
Sep 2019
As others have mentioned, this Abbey is currently undergoing restoration. You can access the grounds, but not the inside of the Abbey. Was disappointed I could not go inside but glad they are trying to preserve this. Definitely worth a visit especially with the castle that is a short walk away.
Written 11 October 2019
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Steven T
Harrisville, RI252 contributions
If you like old graveyards, this is for you.
Sep 2019
Not quite as accessible as the nearby "castle" because of some construction/preservation work, it's still a nice walk down the beach to the Abbey. The grave stones are quite fascinating.
Written 28 September 2019
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MyWhiteCat
Hertfordshire, UK125 contributions
Interesting and atmospheric site
Sep 2019
This is a free site -right on the coast. Good signs and view. At present the OPW are undertaking some repairs but it is still interesting. A must do if you are in Ballinskelligs.
Written 11 September 2019
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MsIreland2
Dublin, Ireland205 contributions
Stunning
Jul 2018 • Friends
A place very close to my heart, it is accessible from the beach in Ballinskelligs along the monks trail. This trail is a bit rocky. The graveyard itselg was very very overgrown so it is a pity that the County Council has not taken a strimmer to the long grass as I saw an old woman taking a very bad fall which would have been avoidable if the grass was cut. A beautiful peaceful place to visit.
Written 5 July 2018
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kathy L
Dublin, Ireland37 contributions
Piece of Skellig history
Jul 2018 • Couples
Very interesting at present undergoing structural work. If you visit Skellig Michael another chapter in the real story.
Written 5 July 2018
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kelliemerr
Brookline, NH42 contributions
Well worth the short detour to see this site
Apr 2018 • Couples
Beautiful old Abbey and castle right on the coast. There was only enough parking for one car at the Abbey itself (and it was very tight to turn the car around) but you can part at the beach and take the short walk over.
Written 10 April 2018
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Valerie R
Atlanta, GA37 contributions
Dedicated by the Monks in the 12th Century
Oct 2017
This location has lots of history and lots of spiritual meaning. It's a beautiful ruin and well worth the visit. I was impressed with the amount of gorgeous green sea glass on top of some of the graves.
Written 5 February 2018
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