We were on the road early to drive to a village called Portmagee, where we took a boat over a fairly rough sea to the Skellig Island. The landing is tricky, next to a pier where we were assisted out of the boat and onto the steps. This apparently was the first day in awhile that the landing spot had been calm enough to even be able to go there! At the top of Skellig Michael, is an amazing ruined monastery, founded about 800AD or earlier. The walk there was a steep 700 steps up - and then down again to the pier. How the monks ever got up there in the first place to build the steps and the monastery and grow some food, seems incredible. This site had stone "beehive" style huts and a place of worship (oratory). The raiding Vikings later discovered it in order to plunder the gold religious vessels. The sun came out when we reached the peak! It was spectacular.
After our return in the boat to Portmagee, we had lunch in a pub, and drove a fair distance on to Dingle, stopping for a brief visit to Inch Beach. ("Inch" means beach in Irish, I think - it was much bigger than one inch!) Arriving in Dingle we gladly got into our hotel rooms, and rested up before yet another marvelous dinner.