Don’t have a furry sidekick or a millennium falcon? No worries, you can still see the wonders of the Star Wars universe.
With the outside feeling like planet Hoth this winter, it’s hard not to start thinking of greener pastures—Ireland anyone? Ireland was one of the primary filming locations used for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Visit Skellig Michael, home to Luke and Rey during Jedi training. The steps and huts seen in the movies were built and occupied by monks in the sixth century, which makes it the perfect location for sightseeing as well as lightsaber training. You can take a boat out to the island and live like Luke, walking up the 600 steps for a breath-taking view. Don’t forget the bring water (or green milk), even Jedi masters get thirsty.
Next, hop in your speeder bike and head north to Loop Head Lighthouse. Here is where you’ll see the beauties of Ireland like you’ve never imagined. Steep cliffs, green pastures and amazing views are all here for your enjoyment. This was also a major filming location featuring the mysterious and dark parts of Rey’s story in The Last Jedi. For the ultimate view, climb the lighthouse built in 1854.
Finally, punch it to lightspeed and travel to Malin Head. Malin Head is in one of the most northern parts of Ireland. Besides acting as a parking spot for ships that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, Malin Head is full of beauty and history. Head over to one of the World World II look-out posts or the tower, Banba’s Crown, used to protect against French invasion back in the ninth century. If the force is with you—or you’re lucky—you just might see the northern lights.
After your Jedi training is complete, see all the other out of this galaxy sights Ireland has to offer. From castles as old as Yoda—well, almost—to breweries brewing beer fit to be served in a Mos Eisley Cantina, Ireland is truly one of the most stellar places you’ll experience. It’s no wonder why it was picked as a filming location for Star Wars. While Yoda may say, “Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things,” we think it’s a good idea to break the rules this one time. To book a trip, give us a call or contact an Ireland Specialist.
Content sourced from Tourism Ireland
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