Skellig Michael was always one of my favorite places in Europe. Thankfully, I was able to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released.
Before Star Wars, few people knew about Skellig Michael and demand to visit was rather low. Since then, demand to visit the island has sky rocketed, but the number of available boats and seats hasn’t increased very much. Toss in the regular rain and weather cancelations which are a reality in that part of the Atlantic, and it is now become very difficult to visit.
If you visit Skellig Michael (which I highly recommend) I suggest booking your trip well in advance, and possibly give yourself an extra day incase the boat is delayed due to weather. Also, even if there isn’t a delay, you will want to prepare for rain which is quite likely.
If you’ve seen the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there is a whole lot more Skellig Michael, which means it is only going to get more popular, which means you probably need to double down on my advice in 2018.
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