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Luke Skywalker’s Secret Star Wars Island Is A Real Place You Can Visit

As we all know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away—but its most breathtaking setting isn’t nearly so inaccessible.

That remote, craggy island where (SPOILER ALERT) Luke Skywalker and Rey faced off in a final, epic, movie-ending staring contest is known as Skellig Michael, and it’s just across the pond in Ireland, off the country’s southwest coast.


Not only that, but it’s actually the IRL home of an ancient Jedi Christian monastery that was built in the sixth century, which made it a very appropriate location for Luke to spend thirty years thinking deep, Force-ful thoughts and cultivating that magnificent beard.

The island isn’t the easiest to get to, and thus hasn’t been visited much, but Ireland’s tourism board is anticipating more visitors in light of the Star Wars connection. And they’re more than ready to welcome fans who choose to cross the ocean, climb the crags, and… stare at each other on top of the island until things get really awkward.