THE SKELLIG ISLANDS
The Skellig islands featured in the recent Star Wars movie. The larger island, Skellig Michael, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a wonderful monastery built by Christian monks in the 7th century. Visitors to the island climb the 600 steps to the terraced settlement to enjoy a magnificent view of the wild Atlantic ocean.
Long before it was selected as the location for Game of Thrones, the UNESCO heritage site was famed for the hexagonal colums of layered basalt, which legend claims to be the outsized steps built by the mythical hunter-warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhaill, as a way to get to Scotland. The setting is dramatic, with crashing waves and a backdrop of towering cliffs.