These Are the Most Magical Islands in the World, and Here’s Why; Graham Fuller; The Culture Trip

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl
With the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise being celebrated this week, we thought we’d introduce you to one of the most incredible filming locations from the blockbuster series: the magical islands of Skellig Michael and Little Skellig. Located just off the south-west coast of Ireland, the rocky isles have been attracting visitors for centuries.

In September 1910, George Bernard Shaw embarked from the coast of Kerry, south-west Ireland, in an open rowing boat. The five oarsmen plowed the waves for eight miles (12 km) and two hours before landing the playwright on the shore of an island that took his breath away.

In a letter, Shaw described Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhichil), or the Great Skellig, as “the most fantastic and impossible rock in the world…where in south west gales the spray knocks stones out of the lighthouse keeper’s house, 160 feet above calm sea level.

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