If you are one of the 95 million people who has seen the box office hit “Star Wars: A Force Awakens”, you may have been awe-struck by the gorgeous and mysterious island in the last scene of the film (Spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen it yet!). Watching Rey (played by Daisy Ridley) trek over breathtaking scenery through ruins that seem centuries old, anticipation builds as you await the reveal of Luke Skywalker. And though movies often use sets to create the feeling of a magical land, JJ Abrams found the perfect location in the beauty of the Emerald Isle.
As seen in the video below, the jagged rocks and centuries old monastery of Ireland’s Skellig Michael proved to be the perfect background for the final moments of the movie.
In this video, it is clear to see the admiration the production team has for the location. Located in Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, which offers some of the best photographic vistas, Skellig Michael is a true wonder to behold. The island is only accessible by boat, but the trip is worth it to see the stone carved village created by monks in the 6th century.
Named one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, it is a must see for fans of all types, whether they are looking for their own Star Wars adventure or just want to experience the raw beauty that Ireland has to offer. It takes planning, but is somewhere you can (and should) visit during your lifetime.
The tourism industry in Ireland is already making the most of the film’s use of the landscape, with everything from video collages to organized tours to bring out the Jedi in you. If you are excited to tread the same steps as the Master Jedi, then there are other ways to continue the Star Wars experience while in Ireland when visiting Skellig Michael.
Consider stopping over in Portmagee, a picturesque village in Kerry which served as a home base for the cast and crew during filming. We’re sure the locals will have some great stories to tell about their time there!
Did you see the new Star Wars movie? Will you be adding Skellig Michael to your list of places to see on your next trip to Ireland?