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April 26, 2016 Destination Europe No Comments Print Print Email Email

The UNESCO world heritage site that is Skellig Michael is located on the Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland’s west coast and has been wowing audiences since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, where the final scenes of this record-breaking movie were filmed.


This exclusive behind the scenes video gives fans a unique insight into the film makers’ choice of Skellig Michael as a location for Star Wars & how it fit with Abram’s goal of creating a real & authentic backdrop for the movie.


Martin Joy [Supervising Location Manager of Star Wars: The Force Awakens] describes how Ireland was the perfect fit for Star Wars:

“ We needed to find somewhere completely from another time and place. Skellig Michael, an island off the Irish Coast. We were just blown away by it. It certainly fed in to our Star Wars Universe.”

Since 1977, the renowned movie franchise has travelled through many galaxies, and this time, director J.J. Abrams along with cast and crew jetted into a little village called Portmagee, County Kerry, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. From here, they travelled eight miles (12 Km) by sea to a dream film location, Skellig Michael.

Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker declared:

“We could have stood in front a green screen and had them put in whatever they wanted behind us. But going to Skellig Island.. it’s just indescribably beautiful.”

It’s not hard to believe that Star Wars found its unique filming location on the Wild Atlantic Way – currently the longest coastal driving route of its kind in the world. The 2,500 km touring route promises the drama of Ireland’s Atlantic Coast, a wealth of culture and living history.

The director, J.J. Abrams describes the location:

“It’s sort of a miracle this place. We could not be more honoured to be here, or feel luckier.”

Filming began in August 2014, and J.J. Abrams [Director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens] remembers the excitement:

The first Star Wars film in a decade recorded the biggest global box office opening in history. It debuted in 30,000 cinemas world-wide, scoring first place finishes in every market, except Korea & Vietnam. It went on to break numerous box-office and non box-office records worldwide. With the movie having recently been released on DVD, there is no doubt the Wild Atlantic Way will be leaving it’s impression on many in the year ahead.

More background and stories about Star Wars filming on Skellig Michael are available here:


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