Skellig Experience, County Kerry

This centre is unique in Ireland in that it includes a boat trip. The building itself is unusual, with Valentia stone used for facing the external walls and a roof made of natural grass. The centre depicts four themes. Firstly, there's the history and archaeology of the early Christian monastery that sits atop Skellig Michael, one of the two Skellig islands off the nearby coast. Models, photographs and old artefacts, like a brass chronometer from a lighthouse, make up the exhibition, while visitors can also see an audio-visual presentation on the Skellig Michael monastery.

After touring the Skelligs centre, visitors can take to the open seas in a specially designed boat, to see the Skelligs at close quarters. The trip lasts about 1 1/2 hours.

On Valentia Island, directly opposite the mainland village of Portmager, where the road bridge meets the island.
Admission charge.
Open daily, May - Oct.