Star Wars’ Irish filming location, Skellig Michael, has just opened for the summer to visitors; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet


Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

Inclement weather delayed proceedings for a few days, but the island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry in Ireland, has now opened for the summer, much to the delight of Star Wars fans. May the force be with you if you plan on visiting though: early booking is advised because the number of daily visitors permitted to visit the island is limited for safety reasons.

What is Skellig Michael?

It’s a dramatically beautiful rocky outcrop and the former home to a monastery and its monks. It shot to fame when it became a filming location in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It will also be seen later this year in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Locations along the rugged west coast of Ireland known as the Wild Atlantic Way are also expected to feature in the film.

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