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Monks, Birds & Jedi

‘I can’t believe they let us shoot there, it is so beautiful’ - JJ Abrams, Director

Walk in the footsteps of 6th century hermit monks and Star Wars Jedi on the UNESCO world heritage site, Skellig Michael. Featured as Luke Skywalker’s secret hideout in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, these towering sea crags rising from the Atlantic Ocean were the chosen destination for a small group of ascetic monks who, in their pursuit of greater union with God, withdrew from civilization to this remote and inaccessible place.

The island is home to enigmatic and colorful puffins, who spend their summers there, breeding and fattening their chicks. Listen to the melodic bird calls from May when the puffins and many other seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, fulmars and kittiwakes compete for nest space on this small island. A limited number of tourists are allowed to climb the precipitous stone walkways during summer to protect its unique archaeology and nature.

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Skellig Michael
1 to 12 people
4-5 hrs
Price by request

‘I can’t believe they let us shoot there, it is so beautiful’ - JJ Abrams, Director

Walk in the footsteps of 6th century hermit monks and Star Wars Jedi on the UNESCO world heritage site, Skellig Michael. Featured as Luke Skywalker’s secret hideout in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, these towering sea crags rising from the Atlantic Ocean were the chosen destination for a small group of ascetic monks who, in their pursuit of greater union with God, withdrew from civilization to this remote and inaccessible place.

The island is home to enigmatic and colorful puffins, who spend their summers there, breeding and fattening their chicks. Listen to the melodic bird calls from May when the puffins and many other seabirds including shearwaters, petrels, fulmars and kittiwakes compete for nest space on this small island. A limited number of tourists are allowed to climb the precipitous stone walkways during summer to protect its unique archaeology and nature.

This story can be aranged as a standalone experience or we can organize it as part of a longer customized itinerary our team would craft for you. Once selected, the concierge team will work with you to discuss and plan a suitable program as per your requirements

Participants

Group size: 1 to 12 people Prior Experience: No specific experience or knowledge is required Family Friendly: Yes but not recommended for children under 10. Children must be strictly supervised.

Timing & Duration

Duration: 4-5 hrs

Practical

Etiquette: This is a particularly vulnerable site,visitors are asked to cooperate with efforts to protect the monument. No animals are allowed on the site What to wear: Comfortable sturdy walking shoes, warm layers, protective clothing. What to bring: There are no facilities on the island, no toilets, no shops. Bring water, snacks, rainjacket,hat, spare battery for camera.

Availability

Frequency: May to September, subject to weather conditions Lead time: One month

Small Print

Cancellation: Cancellations permitted up to one month from the date of the activity Modifications: Modifications are possible subject to case by case review and approval, and cannot be guaranteed. Surcharges may apply No Show: No refund

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The island of Skellig Michael
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