Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael - Ross Mahon Photography

Skellig Michael is a twin-pinnacled crag situated 11.6 kilometres west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The larger of the two Skellig Islands, the island is known for its steep landscape, the Gaelic monastery founded between the 6th and 8th century, and its variety of inhabiting species, including gannets, puffins, a colony of razorbills and a resident population of approximately fifty grey seals. The rock contains the remains of a tower house, a megalithic stone row and a cross inscribed slab known as the “Wailing Woman”.

The Skelligs have risen to dramatic prominence recently – literally – due to its starring role as Luke Skywalker’s Island Sanctuary on the planet Ahch-To in both Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. A must see when visiting Ireland, its definitely like being on another planet.

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