Wild Atlantic Way: The Skelligs 360°

An otherworldly beauty

Video | Production | Virtual Reality

Explore all 360° of the ancient, mystifying UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits off the County Kerry coast. Meet majestic Skellig Michael.

Narrated by proud Kerry native and True Detective star Timothy V Murphy, this stunning 360° video offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the magnificent rock.

Evocative music designed to transport you far, far away was specifically scored for the video by Denis Kilty, with significant emphasis placed on sound design. As ambisonics and head tracking are vital tools in guiding the viewer on where to look in 360° videos, we used both the organic audio recorded, as well as synthetic sound effects, to direct the viewer’s attention. For example, when you hear the whale coming close to the boat at 00.25, viewers are seamlessly guided to turn their head towards the breathtaking mammal.

Once described by poet and playwright George Bernard Shaw as being “part of our dream world”, the otherworldly beauty of this legendary island became the video’s key message. Coinciding with the launch of Fáilte Ireland’s 2017 Star Wars campaign, the video was rolled out on a host of 360°-friendly platforms. This allowed anyone to virtually walk some of those famed 600+ stone steps to the summit and embrace simply awe-inspiring views.