Since the release of The Force Awakens in December 2015, Skellig Michael (yes it's real and in Ireland)
has seen thousands of visitors eager to see the monastic stone dwellings where Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) shot key scenes. As well as Skellig Michael, the Star Wars crew picked some of the most beautiful Irish filming locations on the coast of the island including Malin Head in County Donegal, Loop Head in County Clare, Brow Head in County Cork, Sybil Head and Dunmore Head on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. The Force is definitely strong in Ireland!
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 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.