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 here’s 28 photos to fuel your wanderlust straight from the lenses of those who’ve explored Skelling Michael.

Green grass, blue sky… Gratitude! 🍀 #skelligmichael #ireland #discoverireland

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

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Speechless. #skelligmichael #monastery #celticcross

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#nature #ireland #abandonedplaces #skelligmichael #adventure #explore #atlantic #starwars

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

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#skelligmichael #ireland

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#skelligmichael #ireland

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#ireland #skelligmichael #kerry #travel #starwars #wildatlanticway

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#skelligmichael #kerry #ireland #starwars

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Significant for its monastic history and rugged beauty- Skellig Michael is the place to go around here. Ever since I showed up in Valentia I’ve been hoping for the chance to make it out to the lonely island. Day after day I was denied the opportunity to take a visit. The first half of the week film crews monopolized the island for filming the next Star Wars. After that for 5 days in a row the weather and sea conditions were too bad to make a visit. Today I finally got the chance to make it out (and just in time as tomorrow is the last day boats will be making their journeys there). Happy I made it in the nick of time! I apologize in advance to whoever I watch the next Star Wars with, as I will definitely be bragging about how I was there! #skelligmichael #ringofkerry #ireland #starwars #skelligwars #roamingreese #travelstoke #monks

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