Baile 'n Sceilg/Ballinskelligs
Baile 'n Sceilg/Ballinskelligs got its name from Sceilg Mhichíl, the now famous UNESCO World Heritage rock which stands 9 miles off the Ballinskelligs coast. Sceilg Mhichíl was an early Christian settlement, where the monks of the day took advantage of the solitude of the place to lead a contemplative life. The magic of Sceilg Mhichíl attracts hundreds of visitors every year from all over the world and boats travel out to the Skelligs daily from Ballinskelligs during the summer months.
Is ceantar Gaeltachta é Baile n' Sceilg agus oidhreacht shaibhir ag gabhail leis i gcúrsaí amhranaíochta agus ceoil thraidisiúnta. Tá traidisiún mór seanchaíochta ag baint leis an gceantar. Is ann a rugadh agus tógadh Seán O Conaill – seanchaí iomráiteach go bhfuil a sheoda seanchaíochta le fáil i leabhar Sheáin Í Chonaill.
Spirituality, history and legend are all entwined and can be found all around the area, from Ballinskelligs Abbey to the McCarthy Tower and St.Michael's Well. There is a wealth of history around the transatlantic cable which was laid from Ireland to America and Ballinskelligs has one of the first cable stations in Ireland. Ballinskelligs is a renowned Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area) and is host to many students each year who come here to perfect their Irish and acquire the blás of the Munster dialect.
The rugged Ballinskelligs coast has a constantly changing backdrop of sea and sky from turbulent to calm, from sapphire blue to threatening grey creating the ever changing light so beloved by artists who come from all over to the world to the Artist's Retreat at Cill Rialaig Village. Ballinskelligs boasts many natural features of beauty, chief among them are three beautiful beaches. Ballinskelligs Beach has succeeded in retaining its Blue Flag status over the past number of years and the mountains surrounding Ballinskelligs provide a panoramic view of Ballinskelligs Bay right into neighbouring Waterville.
These natural features make Ballinskelligs a haven for outdoor pursuits. Over the past few years walk-ways have been developed for hikers. Ballinskelligs Bay is a sheltered inlet and the safe blue flag beach is perfect for swimming (with swimming lessons on the beach in summer), canoeing and kayaking.
There are many other activities available in the area, horse riding, surfing, diving and fishing, a variety of boat trips including whale watching and adventure hikes on the hills and glens.The Cill Rialaig Centre, in Dungegan, with its gourmet restaurant provides an interesting venue for those interested in Arts and Crafts where the Cill Rialaig Art Gallery exhibits and sell paintings, ceramics and glasswork by local and international artists.The two local pubs have a relaxed atmosphere and often have live entertainment on the weekends. Barbara's Caife Cois Trá is a natural meeting place where visitors are welcome and provides a magical setting for the Sunday country markets during the summer.If you want variety for your holiday in stunning surroundings, Ballinskelligs is where you will find it. Beidh fáilte is fiche romhat…..