Discover Ireland brings you this breathtaking video of the rugged, wild and mountainous island of Great Skellig, or Skellig Michael, off the coast of Ireland. Rough seas and rocky cliffs surround this island of ancient monastic ruins. The island is now a nature preserve for the colorful puffin seabirds. It was named a World Heritage Site for its "remarkable environment" and "unique example of an early religious settlement." Read more about the significance of this site on Wikipedia.
Discover Ireland describes their video: Discover Skellig Michael on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, a spectacular island off the coast of Kerry, where scenes from Star Wars Episode VII were filmed. The island's history is packed with ancient Irish legends, Viking invaders and hermit monks – monks who carved 600 stone steps to the summit and built a monastic site there in the 6th century. See more at www.ireland.com
Did you wonder where those dramatic scenes with Luke Skywalker were filmed in the recent Star Wars movie? The Skellig Islands, two small, steep and rocky islands off the coast of Ireland. Both islands are a seabird sanctuary and the larger of the two, Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient religious settlement. Read more about the Skellig Islands, and how you can visit these islands on your next trip to Ireland at SkelligIslands.com.