After experiencing the 660+ step climb to the top of this mountain, you can truly understand why Abrams selected Skellig Michael for the concluding scenes of "Star Wars VII, The Force Awakens." Pictures and words cannot adequately describe the shear magnitude or beauty of this special place, nor the journey to reach its summit. The journey is not for the faint of heart, but the final destination will leave you in awe.
Paul Devane, his family and crew do an excellent job running their Skellig Michael Cruises. They were extremely courteous, efficient and safe throughout the entire journey, especially upon our arrival to the island, where the choppy seas added a bit of challenge to stepping off / back onto the boat. Everyone was taken care of dutifully and safely.
The trip to the island was choppy, but a no fault of the captain. It's just the nature of the seas. The trip home was a bit smoother and the brief stop along the shores of the smaller island provided spectacular views of both Skelligs and the hundreds of thousands of seagulls, puffins, and other birds that dotted the islands and skies. It was almost something out of a Hitchcock movie.
Keep an eye on the yearly calendar as the landing cruises are limited (due to tighter government regulations) and general sea conditions. But if you can reserve a summer landing cruise, it will be the journey of a lifetime and a bit "out of this world."
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