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
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2 – Hand-built stone walls and jagged peaks
3 – The steps that lead to the sea
After watching Star Wars, I thought this filming location was just stunning. It is called Skellig Michael in Ireland, that’s all I’m gonna say. #itstheplacethatitis Photo by: @venividivasi #starwars #theforceawakens #skelligmichael #chewy #ireland #skelligmichaelisland #starwarstheforceawakens #travel #travels #visit #visits #wander #wanderlust #travelireland #hike
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
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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
Some 6th century Christian monks rowed out to this tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic and set up honeycombed stone huts and a church on the top of the outcropping. Also where the most recent Star Wars was filmed. #edgeofeurope #starwars #darkforce #skelligmichael #wildatlanticway #discoverireland #travel
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8 – I’d give my right ear to walk along here on a sunny day
9 – the view from the islands summit
10 – the beautiful hand-crafted beehive huts
Had to take a 2 day break from social media to catch up with family and of course see the new #StarWars film. Loved it! If you’ve seen it, you might recognize this location. It’s a #UNESCO world heritage site known as #SkelligMichael, a small island located 11km off the west coast of Ireland. It’s only accessible via small fishing boats and only when the weather is good. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting it twice before and can tell you it’s well worth the challenge to get out to. I highly recommend visiting in spring to see the puffins that nest there during that time. You won’t be disappointed! @tourismireland @natgeocreative
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11 – I’d love a couple of days of solitude here. Magic stuff altogether
Sceillg Beag as seen from the monastic settlement on Sceillg Mhíchíl where filming for the next #StarWars movie recently took place; #SkelligMichael #Skelligs #Kerry #Ireland #UNESCO #WorldHeritageSite; #StarWars #TheForceAwakens #LukeSkyWalker #Jedi #refuge #swvii #tfa
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