Outlands and Odysseys – Skellig Michael

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Outlands and Odysseys – Skellig Michael

What is a place that is a setting for a very popular science fiction movie, is a UNESCO world heritage site, and has puffins? I know what you are thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “No way, there is no place that is that cool, that awesome!”  Well, dear…you would be wrong! We just came back from a place this amazing; Skellig Michael off the southwestern coast of Ireland. If you haven’t heard of it before, it will now be on your bucket list, guaranteed.

Okay, let’s break it down. First, check this out, and you will see that the production of “The Force Awakens” did indeed use Skellig Island as a pivotal scene. We did not really know this until we started researching our trip. We were going anyway, but there was one American family that made the trip just because they were fans. Dad had even brought his Luke Skywalker costume for Mom to take photos of him. Humorous, maybe, but you’ve got to give them props for following their dreams.

Second, UNESCO. Inscribed due to the remoteness and harshness of life on such an island, Skellig Michael is famous for its 7th century monastery that was built clinging to its side. To reach the site, you must walk up over 600 slippery slate stairs. I can’t imagine dragging my groceries up that high. We did make the climb, and it was every bit as scary and exhilarating as I could have expected it to be.

Lastly, a surprise for us. We knew that both of the Skellig islands were home to plenty of birds, including puffins. What we didn’t know is how close we would actually get to see the puffins in their natural habitat. According to one of the three guides on the island that day, the puffins on the stairs’ side of the island are used to seeing humans, but they aren’t on the other side. What that meant for us was the opportunity for some great bird watching and a few fantastic photos.

For now, please enjoy the video we put together for our Skellig Michael tour, but stay tuned for a longer, more detailed post and Skelling Michael guide and travel tips.

Have you been to Skelling Michael?  What was the reason you went?

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Off the southwestern coast of Ireland lays an island that should be on your bucket list. From shooting a scene from Star Wars to housing an ancient sect of Christians, Skellig Michael is a must see. Click here to watch the video!...........................Skellig Michael tours | Skellig Michael boat | The Force Awakens | Ireland guide | What to do in Ireland | What to see in Ireland | Off the southwestern coast of Ireland lays an island that should be on your bucket list. From shooting a scene from Star Wars to housing an ancient sect of Christians, Skellig Michael is a must see. Click here to watch the video!...........................Skellig Michael tours | Skellig Michael boat | The Force Awakens | Ireland guide | What to do in Ireland | What to see in Ireland |

 

 

40 Comments

  1. Another amazing adventure Corinne! I think I need another trip back to Ireland, one of my favorite places.

  2. Yes, the best part of the trip puffins! I am obsessed with them since I saw them on Iceland. We saw them on a cliff (not like you gus that had them basically next to you). I know people who have traveled to over 100 countries and they Skelling Michael is one of the most stunning places they have seen in the world. #wkendtravelinspiration

  3. I remember watching the scene in The Force Awakens that was filmed on Skellig Michael and thinking how utterly, fantastically scenic that place looked. Once I got home, I immediately Googled where the filming took place. How long were you on the island? Just a few hours? I’d love to get that close to the puffins but would prefer that absolutely zero birds poop on me. Great video!

  4. I have never heard of Skellig Michael! It looks wonderful. I’ve seen lots of puffins before, but they endear themselves just that little bit more every time.

  5. I’ve not been to Skelling Michael but I have seen some photos and it looks like a really interesting and picturesque place to visit. The rounded domes of those dry wall-style buildings are fascinating!

  6. wow what a choice for a location to build a monastery. It looks like it was a rough life out there in what I imagine not always the finest weather conditions. Nice that you found this gem and took a visit. Must have been a great experience. Nice movie, very informative.

  7. Ah yes I recognise the island from Star Wars. It looks so beautiful and peaceful – I can see why they chose to build a monastery there – getting away from it all for sure! And the puffins are adorable!

  8. I have to admit I’ve never heard of this place but it is gorgeous! The scenery is amazing and i was hooked from the first paragraph you described it. Would love to give the 600 stairs a try haha.

  9. I’ve never heard of this Island but it seems amazing. I’ve never watched Star Wars so I probably wouldn’t catch the reference, but regardless I’d enjoy it there. So pretty.

  10. Ireland is one of our favorite places but we have never been Skellig Michael. Now we have to go! It looks fantastic!

  11. What a unique and fascinating site! I’ve read about the area before but this was the first time I’ve seen some of these angles and video. Really beautiful and to me, so mysterious.

    1. Alexa, I’m sorry to hear you didn’t get here. It is extremely difficult to do so, and it’s a bit out of the way. Ireland is fantastic as a whole, though, so I’m confident you had a fantastic time.

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