The Skellig Islands (Irish: Na Scealaga), once known as "the Skellocks",[1] are two small, steep, and rocky islands lying about 13 km (8 mi) west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The larger of the two is Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) which, together with Little Skellig, is at the centre of a 364-hectare (899-acre) Important Bird Area established by BirdWatch Ireland in 2000.[2] Skellig Michael is also famous for an early Christian monastery that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.