Visitors to the world heritage site of Skellig Michael off the Kerry coast are to be given a leaflet highlighting the dangers of climbing the 700 foot island.

The development follows the death of an American tourist earlier this year and a coroner's recommendation that additional warning signs be erected at the site.

About 11,000 visitors make the pilgrimage to the remote 7th century monastic site 12km off the Kerry coast each year.

Stone steps to the summit can be dangerous when slippery and also because of the lack of handrails.

Last May, an American tourist in his 70s died from severe head injuries after loosing his footing and falling 30ft.

Following his death, the coroner last month recommended that additional warning signs be erected, stating the rock was extremely dangerous for those unsure of their footing.

The Office of Public Works has accepted the recommendations.

The OPW says as well as additional signage, information leaflets will be given to all visitors and precautionary warnings will also be posted on websites.

The hope is that the public can continue to enjoy the internationally renowned destination safely.