On December 17th 2017 the latest Star Wars episode VIII will hit the movie theatres and the anticipation has Irish eyes smiling. There are good reasons for the Irish to be interested. The final scene of The Force Awakens sees Rey ascend Skellig Michael (yes it's real and in Ireland) to the Jedi Temple in search of Luke Skywalker. So where will it go from here. A tight lid is being kept on what took place at the new filming locations for The Last Jedi but it is well known that this took place in Skellig Michael, Ceann Sibeal and Malin Head in Donegal. There are accounts of filming in other locations including Cork and Loop Head in County Clare.
J.J. Abrams, Director of The Force Awakens was apparently astonished about how well the natural features of Skellig Michael fitted into his vision for the Jedi Temple. The cast and crew were so in awe with Ireland that Rian Johnson continued the filming at a number of locations along Ireland's west coast.
Ireland's west coast has always been a big draw for tourists and visitors will now be able to see some of the most well known attractions and learn about how they feature in the latest Star Wars episodes. Skellig Michael was considered by the production team to be a major privilege to shoot the final scene of The Force Awakens. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and dates back to between the sixth and eighth century.
We are the locals who hosted and guided cast and crew during their stay. Knowing where they ate, slept and spent down time is information reserved for guests who will take these tours. If you would like to maximize your visit we recommend a driver guided tour.
Less than 15,000 people are fortunate to visit Skellig Michael each year. Advance planning is critical and fortunately we can assist to enhance your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site which features in the Star Wars Movies - The Last Jedi & The Force Awakens.