Skellig Michael Ballinskelligs, IRELAND. In the 6th century St. Fionan founded a monastic settlement on the Island. This incredible feat of engineering took place on an island some 714 feet high, lying 8 miles off the south-west coast of Ireland and involved the construction of Stone built beehive cells, retaining walls, two oratories, a church, cross slabs, two wells, stone terraces, flights of stone steps leading from their landing sights at sea level to the Monastery some 200 metres above.
The rocky island of Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located off the coast of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. You can only access it via a limited number of boat operators. It is insanely popular since being featured in Star Wars Episode VII and boat reservations book up months in advance. Here are some tips for getting on a boat to Skellig Michael if you aren't able to get a reservation.
What do Jedi, hermit monks and puffins have in common? They all lived on Skellig Michael at one time or another, a remote island that rises from the Atlantic. When the monks populated this place in the 6th century, they were on to a winner: the beauty of the Skellig islands has stood the test of time, and they have only grown in popularity ever since. The massive outcrop appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will have an even bigger role in Episode VIII.
Standing aloof in the Atlantic Ocean, 12km of the southwest coast of Valentia Island is the monastic island of Skellig Michael. Once the edge of the known world. Early Christian monks chose to live there in order to bring them closer to God. More recently it was used as a location for shooting of the new Star Wars movie – The Force Awakens.
Ierland - The Dingle Peninsula County Kerry’s Dingle Peninsula is awash with postcard-worthy vistas of sandy surf beaches and Caribbean-blue stretches of ocean. Its 'capital', the charming fishing village of Dingle, is a tangle of higgledy-piggledy streets teeming with art and craft shops, old-fashioned pubs and sublime seafood restaurants serving the day's catch.