Turns out County Kerry boasts one of the most impressive sites in all the world, who knew?
Kerry's Skellig Ring has been named one of the world's top ten regions to visit next year by Lonely Planet.
This was awarded to the hauntingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site with thanks to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017, the bestselling collection of travel trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead.
The top ten list is as follows:
- Choquequirao, Peru
- Taranaki, New Zealand
- The Azores, Portugal
- North Wales, UK
- South Australia
- Aysén, Chile
- The Tuamotus, French Polynesia
- Coastal Georgia, USA
- Perak, Malaysia
- The Skellig Ring, Ireland
In good company, indeed.
The Skellig Ring connects Valentia Island with Waterville via the Gaeltacht area around Ballinskelligs - and of course, includes the Skelligs themselves.
Skellig Micheal featured just this year in Star Wars: the Force Awakens, and is set to play an even bigger role in Episode VIII, due out next year. Due to this, The Skelligs received a huge publicity boost this year - and with shots like this, it's not hard to see why...
Last year, Lonely Planet listed Dublin as one of its Top 10 cities for 2016, with Ireland previously featuring among the Top 10 countries for 2015.
“The Skellig Ring should be on every traveller’s must-see list," a spokesperson from Lonely Planet said.
H'up the Kingdom!