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.
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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
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The force is strong! Watch out for this beauty in the new Star Wars movie. Filming took place on this magical island 12kms off the coast of Ireland, Skellig Michael. A must visit place. #starwars #skelligmichael #ireland #irelandpassion #insta_ireland #loves_ireland #landscape_lovers #ireland #wildatlanticway #history #archaeology #tourismireland
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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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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I’ve been meaning to get in on this fun post #ourroomswithaview with @annkishome @newpairofwings @copperflowercottage & this is the last week. It’s our #favoriteview challenge. This was Skellig Michael off the southern coast of Ireland, 7 miles out on a rickety old fishing boat. 12 of us went. That’s little Skellig and Ireland in the distance. It’s a rocky island full of 12th Century monastic ruins. You know it’s going to be a fun day when they start off telling you “This isn’t Disney World and people have gotten killed here, so be smart”. A day I will never forget. #skelligmichael #ireland
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#skellig #theforceawakens #ringofkerry #wildatlanticway #theforceawakens #energyofireland #skelligislands #skelligmichael #Ireland #starwars #starwars7news #starwarsfan The Irish location for the Star Wars film – episode 8. Filmed in Sept 2015. Skellig island is 12km off the south west coast of Ireland.
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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
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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