Saints Journeys: Ballinskelligs Priory

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Starting in Portmagee, this journey takes approximately 20 minutes and is 10.4 miles (16.7 km). Start out on the R565, which turns into the R566 and follow the signs to the Priory.

Ballinskelligs Augustinian Priory (also called Abbey) was founded for monks who came to the mainland from Skellig Michael in the 12th Century after numerous attacks by Vikings. The Priory was dedicated to St. Michael, as was Skellig Michael, and the monks adopted the Augustinian rule.

A number of buildings, most from the 15th Century, constitute the priory, among them a rectangular church. The church and other buildings were arranged around a central cloister, which had covered walkways for working and praying. Parts of the cloister and a large domestic hall still survive. There are a number of two-storey tombs in the priory.

Visitors Information

Visitors information for the Priory may be found at the Megalithic Ireland /A> website. General tourist information for the area may be found on the Discover Ireland: Kerry website.


Please check local road conditions for possible changes prior to venturing forth on this journey. A helpful resource for changes and possible trip interruptions if you are travelling in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland is the AA-UK Route Planner. Another map source that this website uses and that may be useful to you on your journeys is Streetmap UK.

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