Although a lot of scenes are filmed in a studio, you can’t beat the realistic touch that comes with going out in the world with a camera. There are some beautiful places around the globe that offer great landscape shots, and Ireland is one of the best. Fantasy movie “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and drama series “Game of Thrones” have both been filmed on the island, as have some of the newer “Star Wars” releases. If you’re interested in seeing places where “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” were filmed, this is where you need to go.
This island destination was used in both films as Luke Skywalker’s home when Rey visited him. It lies off the south-west coast of Ireland and can only be reached by boat. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictable weather conditions in the area, it’s hard to plan when you should visit. Trips to Skellig Michael are dependant on the sea being relatively calm and the weather mostly dry, but it’s worth a visit if you can get out there. The island is home to a UNESCO world heritage site and plenty of unique wildlife, as well as Skywalker’s fictional home.
Sybil Head is another location that featured in the franchise recently. They used the site to recreate the beehive huts from Skellig Michael, because they weren’t able to use the real things in the film. Replicas were created in London and then transported to Sybil Head for filming. If you go there now, you won’t see the huts themselves because they were taken down after shooting. However, the gorgeous landscape around them is most certainly still there. The beautiful expanse of green fields overlooking the water is worthy of a visit.
One of the locations most shrouded in secrecy during the filming of “The Last Jedi” was Malin Head. The only people who knew what was going on were the cast, crew, and the people who agreed to let them film there. With everyone sworn to stay quiet, though, the locals had no idea what was going on. The area was even made a no-fly zone so that no planes going overhead would be able to see them filming the Millenium Falcon
Malin Head itself is worth visiting, especially now that it’s not restricted by filming, because it’s a great place of interest in the country. It represents the most northern part of the island and is just as beautiful as the rest of Ireland. You can also visit the pub where Yoda was painted on the side of the building to commemorate the filming in the area.
Remember the Thala siren in “The Last Jedi?” Well, although the creature isn’t real, the location where it was filmed certainly is. It’s known as Dunmore Head and is found in the south-west of the island. Although there’s no designated path along the rocky outcrop, it’s not too hard to get down there and see the spot for yourself. Just make sure you take care and watch your footing. The last thing you want to do is fall in the water.
Who knew the makers of Star Wars were such big fans of Ireland? Maybe they all just wanted a vacation there. Whatever their reason, it’s obvious they made the right choice in filming across the island. Ireland is a beautiful place and well worth visiting, especially if you want to see these sights for yourself.