The Star Wars movies may be set in a galaxy far, far away, but the filming locations are all very, very Earth-bound. You can actually visit the California Redwoods that double as the forest moon of Endor, or the desert sets in Tunisia, at least until encroaching sand dunes reclaim the artifacts. Now you can add another destination to your tourist itinerary as J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII has rented an island off of the coast of Ireland for part of their shoot. It must be nice to be able to rent an island, especially one this cool.
The Irish Independent reports that Disney and Lucasfilm have acquired the proper permits from the Office of Public Works to film on Skellig Michael. A World Heritage site, the island sits in the Atlantic Ocean 11. 6 kilometers off of the west coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, which is part of County Kerry. I have no idea what that means either, aside from the fact that this is an island in an ocean.