Skellig: Star Wars and Ireland enrapture

The last scene for Star War , the closing chapter of the saga, with the meeting between Rey and Luke Skywalker, was filmed is a splinter of rocky land 8 nautical   from the coast of south-west Ireland   This place  is Skellig Michael,   accessible only by boat with few landings during  the summer season, from May to September, to a limited number of visitors. The island is now inhabited only by sea birds, but in the seventeen century was inhabited by a colony of Christian monks who founded one of the most remote places of worship of all Europe dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel.   The abbey on the summit, is extraordinarily preserved;  the inaccessibility of the place, the restrictions of the government as well as the restoration and recognition of UNESCO in 1996  protected the small island. Skellig Michael  is paired within  a short distance  by Litte Skellig  and constitutes the end or start point of the “line of Saint Michael” combining   holy places like Mont Saint Michel in France, Monte Sant’Angelo in Apulia and the monastery St. Michael in the Greek isle  of Simi.
skellig-boat-trip4Something more to add to your next trip to Ireland and to the Wild Atlantic Way itinerary which runs from Kinsale, near Cork in the south, up to Londonderry, in Northern Ireland penetrating the peninsulas indented coastline, from Dingle to Connemara via Galway, Westport on until the counties of Sligo and Donegalwild.

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