Secret Star Wars locations found in UK
Posted on 03/12/2015

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As the world holds its breath for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fan websites and blogs have been abuzz with speculation about several secret filming locations around the British Isles. Amongst them are an exceptionally intruiging ancient ireland and a well-known Scottish loch...

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  • Skellig Michael Island, County Kerry
    Skellig Michael Island, County Kerry
  • The island's monastery was particularly frequented by crews
    The island's monastery was particularly frequented by crews
  • Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, Scotland
    Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness, Scotland
  • Imagine these skies filled with starfighters
    Imagine these skies filled with starfighters
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We've already heard about exotic locations in the medinas of Tunisia and the Abu Dhabi desert, but rumours are rife that the latest Star Wars movie will feature some scenery that's a little closer to home. Much of the filming for Episode VII: The Force Awakens - due to hit cinemas from December 16 - took place at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, as well as RAF base Greenham Common in nearby Berkshire.

But now it seems that cameramen and crew ventured further afield in their quest for film-worthy locations. Fan and news websites have been ablaze with information that locations in both Ireland and Scotland will feature in the final cut, including a mysterious island off the coast of County Kerry and a castle of the shores of Loch Ness.

Scotland

Rumours have it that the upcoming Star Wars blockbuster was partially shot on Loch Ness. Using still images from the trailers released so far, several fans identified Urquhart Castle on the shores of Scotland's famous lake, its surrounding skies filled with starfighters. Empire magazine also mentioned in a recent online exposť that filming had taken place in Scotland, though did not give precise locations.

"Shooting has taken place in the UK at Pinewood Studios; at RAF Greenham Common; and in Scotland," the article reads. "There have also been locations in Abu Dhabi, New Mexico, and the Krafla volcano in Iceland."

Ireland

Slightly better documented than its Scottish counterpart, the rumoured Irish location sits a short boat ride off the windswept coast from the town of Portmagee, County Kerry. Skelling Michael Island is little more than an uninhabited rock surrounded by the choppy waves of the Atlantic, but its isolated location is already popular with tourists to the region.

Reports say that cameramen, crew and actor Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in previous episodes) descended on Portmagee for three days of shooting. The island is home to an old Christian monastery, built by a group of early Christian monks as a retreat, where locals have said crew spent 'a lot of time'.

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