Visit Valentia Island
You can do Ireland in a day, but you really only do Valentia properly in a lifetime. We realise life is short, so we want to be realistic here. There are three ways we recommend for visitors. You can explore by car or bike or by doing what the tetrapod did all those millions of years ago when it came ashore on Valentia – walk. To get around the whole Island in a day we suggest you drive or rent a bike.
The map below contains a very full itinerary of the island's highlights. If you are staying for a couple of weeks you might make each of these a trip of its own by biking or driving to a walk and doing a loop walk back to your starting point. The Slate quarry or the Lighthouse at the Cromwell fort is a nice walk from Knightstown, Geokaun Mountain has spectacular views and rather than drive up you might consider walking! Bray Head, Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way is a fantastic place to see the Skellig Islands and there are well established walks starting from there.
One thing you should know about the Island is this; ‘there is no bad weather’ or so we think. Some people blame the weather for their lack of proper clothing. Bring a raincoat – we get the odd shower coming in from the Atlantic.
The Royal Valentia Hotel
The Royal Valentia is one of the finest hotels in South Kerry and has been welcoming guests for almost two hundred years. Tucked away in one of Co. Kerry’s most beautiful settings, this charming, family-run hotel is perched on the quayside, overlooking Valentia Harbour.
The Royal Hotel Valentia comprises 30 recently refurbished rooms and suites. Each room boasts amenities including contemporary bathrooms, flat screen TV’s and free WiFi. For more information check out our website here
One of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, a tour of the lighthouse at Cromwell's Point is a must on your visit to the island. Valentia Island Lighthouse tours at Cromwell Point is a community initiative delivered by the Valentia Island Development Company in collaboration with Kerry County Council and the Commissioners of Irish Lights with the support of South Kerry Development Partnership
Originally the lighthouse was staffed by a single keeper, housed with his family on site, however with automation the keeper was withdrawn and a part-time attendant was appointed to look after the station.. For more details on this beautiful lighthouse click here
A traditional Irish pub with great draught beer, lager, stout and craft Irish gin. Boston's serves pizza, seafood and steak from May to September. A great spot to watch the big match (rugby, soccer or GAA) all year round with regular music sessions throughout the summer season.
Check out their Facebook page here
Valentia Island Heritage Centre
Valentia Island Heritage Centre is a village museum nestled within a charming 150-year-old schoolhouse. The museum, encapsulates in a unique and authentic way, the evolution through time of the many aspects of Valentia Island’s rich and fascinating history stretching over Millennia.
Our largest exhibition is our Transatlantic Cable exhibition, Valentia being the site of the very first transatlantic cable uniting the ‘old world’ with the ‘new’ by submarine telegraph. Despite early failures, they persisted and in 1866 Brunel’s ‘Great Eastern’ (the largest ship in the world at the time) laid the first successful Atlantic Telegraph between Valentia and Heart’s Content in Newfoundland.. For more information click here
Valentia Ice Cream Parlour
Relax and enjoy a selection of our freshly made scrumptious ice-creams in our quaint and comfy tea room. As well as an array of our luxury ice-creams and sorbets, we offer a selection of teas, coffees, and desserts. Why not treat yourself to pancakes, hot chocolate, muffins or home-made scones? Your ice-cream can also become a bigger treat by making it into a milkshake, float or ice-cream sundae! We also specialise in ice-cream sodas and malted milks American style! We love to meet and chat with our visitors and are fascinated by how far some have travelled to sample our ice-cream and visit our corner of the world on the Skellig Coast. We have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating so sit back, relax and enjoy the tastes and the views! Visit our website here
The Skellig Visitor Experience
At the bridge end of the Island you will find this distinctive building with turf covered barrel roofs which contains exhibitions on the life and times of the Skellig Michael monks, the history of the islands lighthouses and the wildlife that call it home. A perfect option if the weather isn’t suitable to land on the Skellig or if you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma!
A number of Skellig Boat Operators operate from the Skellig Experience - be sure to enquire about a cruise to land or circumnavigate the islands. If sea conditions aren’t suitable to go around the Skellig there’s often the option of a 90 minute mini-cruise in the harbour and channel. Visit our website here fore more details
Valentia Island Vermouth
Valentia Island Vermouth is a sweet vermouth, golden in colour, and made from 20 different botanicals including locally foraged plants and herbs from the island.
Learn more about what we are up to at Valentia Island Vermouth on our Facebook page here.
Cable & Co Food Trucks Valentia
Cable & Co Food Trucks serve freshly made take out food with a tasty international twist. We are based on Jane Steet in the picturesque village of Knightstown, Valentia Island.
Check out our Facebook Page here to see some of the delicious food we prepare on site..
The Ring Lyne Bar & Reataurant
The Ring Lyne is a family run business where we operate a Bar, Restaurant and offer Accommodation. The Ring Lyne has always been at the epicenter of life in the Island. If you want an authentic traditional Irish experience we are the place for you to eat, drink and sleep.
The Ring Lyne bar, is the place to meet great locals and friends, eat great food and socialise. All our food is sourced and prepared fresh from local suppliers. We have an array of dishes. We have a total of 8 B&B room’s ensuite consisting of a range from double, twin and triple (family) rooms. Visit our website for more details here
Ceol Na Mara Tea Room
Our cafe serves delicious homebaking and fresh homemade soups and sandwiches and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Enjoy stunning views of the Skelligs and Bray Head in our indoor and outdoor seating area. We cater for groups of up to 30 people....come along and taste our freshly baked apple pies, brown bread and scones.
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Valentia Slate Quarry was first opened in 1816 to supply slates mainly for roofing and flooring. It also supplied gravestones to all the local cemeteries and because of the excellent quality of the slate (non-porous with no impurities), these memorials can still be seen today as perfect as the day they were erected as far back as the 1820’s. When the great municipal buildings were being erected in London in the mid-19th century, Valentia Slate was used extensively. These included the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral and many of the Underground Railways such as Waterloo, Charing Cross, Liverpool St., Black Friars. It was also used in the Paris Opera House. George Magnus became a shareholder in the Quarry and he set up an enameling business in London and one of his finest products was white enameled Valentia Slate Billiard Tables. Learn more about Valentia Slate on their website here
Knightstown Coffee Shop & Bistro
Delicious treats from Coffees and freshly baked cakes to a lovely locally sourced and seasonal lunch and dinner menu the atmosphere is warm and welcoming and there is a beautiful seated garden for sunny days.
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