So we had somehow worked out two sets of reservations to get a boat ride to Skellig Michael (where the end of The Force Awakens was filmed). There are only a few very small boats that go there and it turns out they are booked very early. Most just said online they were booked, I wrote to a few who did not have websites and one replied they were booked but we could go on a ride near the island. I explained why we had to land – take pictures in Star Wars costume. The woman called all her customers who had booked that day and one of them wanted to cancel. That was reservation #1, the second one was our Airbnb hostess who wrote me “I’ll go down to the Harbor and check with the boys”. She managed to get a second reservation for the next day. So two chances… but it was Ireland and the wild Atlantic side. Too windy the first day to dock at the island, still too windy the next and gale force winds the day after that. But we made do with Valentia Island for our photos.
So close and yet so far. The landing on the island is quite primitive and precarious so with the waves we could see pounding the shores, it was not safe but still hard to accept…
The little boats going out to go around the islands without landing.
So instead we climbed the mountain on Valentia Island for similar pictures of Colleen as Rey. It was quite a climb for me with my still ornery knee (seemingly a permanent condition) but beautiful and well worth it.
The first obstacle for me.
a typical Irish stone wall
walking through fields of heather was another obstacle
Sheep had no trouble with it.
And up we went.
Yes, I was a little slower…
Fun on the way up – beautiful Ireland
The cows roamed higher up – probably didn’t like the heather as much. Despite cow (and sheep) pies everywhere, there were NO flies.