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Ballinskelligs is ideal for family holidays and is home to an Irish Coláiste Samhraidh (Irish Summer College) for children who would like to have fun and improve their Gaelic. Children and families from all over come and spend time learning the Irish language whilst enjoying the local activities and heritage of the local area.

Baile an Sceilig also is an area of much historical interest and has many archaeological sites and settlements. The most obvious one is Sceilig Mhichíl or ‘The Great Skellig’ of the Skellig Islands, approx 12km off the Ballinskelligs Coast, to quote the Skellig Experience Heritage Centre. ‘These Skellig islands are world-famous, each in its own right: Skellig Michael is known throughout the world of archaeology as the site of a well-preserved monastic outpost of the Early Christian period – now designated a World Heritage Site; Small Skellig is equally renowned in matters of ornithology as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets – the second largest colony of such seabirds in the world’

To the south west of the village is Bolus Head, which overlooks St. Finan’s Bay and the Skellig Rocks. This area has a profusion of pre-historic and early Christian ruins. The ruins of Cill Rialiag, an early Christian monastic settlement are, located beside the road to Bolus Head. The remains include an Oratory, two inscribed stones and traces of Beehive huts.