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The Skelligs: 360°



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Described by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw as ‘part of our dream world’ Skellig Michael is like nowhere else on this planet. Immerse yourself in the feeling of otherworldly with this incredible 360° video of the island.

The drive along the Skellig Ring feels like you are on the edge of the known world. And, in a way you are.

As the road opens out, branching off at the Ring of Kerry, two pyramids of sandstone emerge amid an ink blue sea. Linking Portmagee, Valentia Island and Ballinskelligs, the 18km route is home to some of the world’s most spectacular scenery including, of course, the awe-inspiring Skellig Islands themselves. Otherworldly in the extreme, the islands are made up of two rocky cathedral-shaped inlets, creating a foreboding presence for all who witness their power and grace. 

 
 

The bigger of the two, Skellig Michael, is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed monastery. And, as you walk among its beehive huts and jagged stairwells it’s impossible not to marvel at the fierce and solitary existence these early Christian monks must have led. The island’s allure, however, is not just confined to soul-searching settlers and curious visitors but Hollywood too with Skellig Michael serving as a filming location for two of Star Wars most recent films: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. 

Today, the islands still retain their mystical atmosphere and, though uninhabited by people, the legion of puffins, gannets and guillemots who call the Skelligs home are one of its crowning glories. 

Getting to the Skelligs is easy and it’s not that far, far away. However, in the meantime you can whet your appetite for all things Skelligs with this beautiful 360° video. Narrated by Kerry local and True Detective and Sons of Anarchy star Timothy V Murphy, this otherworldly film offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with this magnificent rock.