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Little Skellig
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Little Skellig
Little Skellig is located in island of Ireland
Little Skellig
Little Skellig
Location in island of Ireland
Little Skellig (Ireland)
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 51°45′58″N 10°31′59″W / 51.766°N 10.533°W / 51.766; -10.533
Area 8 ha (20 acres)
Highest elevation 134 m (440 ft)
County Kerry
Population 0

Little Skellig (Irish: Sceilig Bheag) is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, 11 km south-west of Valentia Island in County Kerry, Ireland.


Little Skellig is the smaller of the two Skellig Islands, the other being Skellig Michael, 1 km to the south-west. The island has a large bird population, including a colony of northern gannets which is the largest in Ireland, and one of the largest in the world. The island, together with Skellig Michael, is the centre of a 364 ha Important Bird Area established by BirdWatch Ireland in 2000.


Landing on Little Skellig is not permitted. BirdWatch Ireland has designated Little Skellig as a nature preserve. It houses over 35,000 colonies of Gannets.

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