Skellig Michael by helicopter: A galaxy not so far away; Erin McCafferty; Independent

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

As Star Wars hits cinemas, we take to the skies for a Millennium Falcon-style view of the Skelligs…

It looks so peaceful from above. A giant, pointy, rock formation in varying hues of grey and green, rising majestically from the Atlantic.

In crystal clear December daylight, I can see the jagged edges of the coast – earthy brown and grey – contrasting with the deep navy blue of the sea below.

It’s only when you look closely at the edges of Skellig Michael, and see the frothy white waves crashing in wild abandon against the rocks, that you realise just how treacherous this tiny island actually is.

There’s an almost tangible power to it, with or without Star Wars – in which it features dramatically as a location. It casts a spiritual spell.

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