Ireland: Where To Feel The Force

Ireland and its truly picturesque Wild Atlantic Way has been wowing audiences and globetrotters with its beautiful holiday destinations for numerous years, and now Star Wars fans are able to live the life of a Jedi by visiting this breathtakingly dramatic destination. Skellig Michael is an intimate, pyramid-shaped island that’s as striking as it is beautiful. Located seven miles off Ireland’s craggy and unforgiving southwest coast, the site’s historic ruins are one of Ireland’s most beloved heritage and tourist attractions.

Since 2015, Star Wars fans have flocked to Skellig Michael because it was the location used to depict Ahch-To, the desolate and lost planet where Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, made his return to the franchise at the end of that year’s release, The Force Awakens. The spectacular sea-smothered island is made all the more mysterious and magical by vibrant colonies of seabirds that shelter in long-abandoned stone structures, and now has the added allure of being a film location for The Last Jedi, the latest Star Wars sequel.

Disney Lucasfilm returned with director Rian Johnson, who filmed The Last Jedi’s very first scenes at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other locations in Ireland that were featured include Loop Head in County Clare, Ballyferriter in County Kerry, which is where the 6th Century monastic ‘beehive’ huts of Skellig Michael were recreated, and Brow Head near Crookhaven, County Cork.

So when making your travel plans for 2018, keep Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way in mind, and check out the nearby hotels of Skellig Michael such as Carraig Liath House and The Moorings Guesthouse for superb access.

Ballyferriter, County Kerry; Brow Head, Country Cork; Loop Head, Couny Clare; Skellig Michael

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