The Skellig Islands have catapulted to fame over the past twelve months, with a little help from Hollywood.

Now, don’t get me wrong – the Skellig Islands have been mesmerising tourists and locals alike in Ireland for centuries, but it’s pretty safe to say their visitor numbers are about to sky-rocket.

The bigger of the two islands, Skellig Michael, made its Hollywood debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and has since become the focal point of fans of the franchise and adventurers the world over.

If you’re thinking about visiting over the coming year, or if you’re in search of some photos to satisfy your travel hankering, then we’ve got you covered!

1 – Looking back towards Little Skellig and the mainland

4/4 Looking back to Little Skellig and the mainland. Most definitely worth it.

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2 – Hand-built stone walls and jagged peaks

3 – The steps that lead to the sea

4 – After visiting Skellig Michael, George Bernard Shaw described it as “An incredible, impossible, mad place”

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5 – The islands jut from the Atlantic Ocean around 8 miles from Ballinskelligs Bay

6 – You’d have some set of quads on you if you climbed these every day!

7 – Image how rough life in the middle of the wild Atlantic must have been

8 – I’d give my right ear to walk along here on a sunny day

#SkelligMichael #SkelligIslands today off the #Kerry coast..

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9 – the view from the islands summit

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10 – the beautiful hand-crafted beehive huts

11 – I’d love a couple of days of solitude here. Magic stuff altogether

And that's a wrap
Have you been to the Skellig Islands or are they on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments below!