Ballinskelligs Loves Walking…
Walking in Natural Beauty!
The People of Ballinskelligs are the Heart and Soul of Ballinskelligs, of course; but it could also be said that Walking is the Beginning and the Ending of the story and personal experience of this beautiful, magical and, to many people, sacred place…
Ballinskelligs is situated at the furthest westerly end of Europe; to the West lies the Atlantic Ocean, vast and unfathomable, and the last place on this continent where the Sun ends its daily travel in a flame of glory.
Ballinskelligs, the home of the Skellig Monks, is both by the ocean and in the ocean, because for hundreds of years in the Middle Ages the monks had two homes: Skellig Michael, the tiny rock island 16km off-shore to the West, and of course the Augustinian Priory/Abbey on the mainland in what is now called Ballinskelligs.
In times both ancient and modern, people have journeyed great distances to find this remote place of spirituality; to feel this sense of being on the edge of the known world, to breath the fresh intoxicating air filtered by thousands of miles of ocean, and to share a solitude in the presence of other like-minded
For most of history, walking was naturally the only way to journey here and so this is how the Christian Coptic monks, coming from Egypt to Ballinskelligs 1,400 years ago, achieved this quest and founded what is now called Ballinskelligs as a place of pilgrimage and spirituality in-amongst the natural beauty of mountain and sea.
And now, today, for the real experience, and for the real magic of this place, walking is the way to go!
Here we have walks, easy and hard, to suit all abilities and desires; and to suit all manner of quests ranging from sightseeing to…
whatever you wish for!!
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