Ballinskelligs Abbey

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Name Ballinskelligs Abbey County Kerry Nearest Town Waterville Access Road R566 About Ballinskelligs is a village in the south-west of the Iveragh Peninsula whose name Irish translates to home of the rocks.

It is located in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region of County Kerry.

The rocks in question are Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, an ancient monastic colony which lies off the coast from Ballinskellings.

The villageis also the site of an attractive beach and has incredible views.

The desecrated ruins of a priory, which was part of the order of Augustinian Canons Regular, lies just outside the village.

This is known as Ballinskelligs Abbey and is believed to date from the 11th century.

Beside it are the remains of a Mac Carthy castle which dates from the 16th century.