A Visitor Guide to County Kerry

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Valentia Island

Valentia Island

Valentia Island is Ireland’s third largest island. Located of the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, it is connected to the mainland by bridge at Portmagee. The island has two villages, Knightstown on the coast and Chapeltown further inland. It is also accessible from Renard on the mainland by ferry to Knightstown.
A worthwhile place to visit is the Heritage Centre which is located in a converted schoolhouse. This museum charts Valentia’s history from ancient times to the present.

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The island has some spectacular cliff and coastal scenery and historic sites and monuments including Bray Tower and Cromwell’s Point Lighthouse.
The slate quarries, which were reopened in recent years, provided slate for the Paris Opera House and London’s Houses of Parliament in earlier times.

bridge from mainland to Valentia Island
Glanleam House and Gardens, former residence of the Knights of Kerry, is now famous for its tropical plants, many of which are not found elsewhere in Europe.
Tetrapod trackways (footprints of dinosaurs) which are over 350 million years old have been found on the island and can be seen on the rocks. See more about the Tetrapod trackways on Valentia Island here.
The local GAA Club is Valentia Young Islanders and the island is home to Kerry GAA legend, Mick O’Connell.

What’s in Valentia Island?

Valentia was the European terminus of the first transatlantic telegraph cable. The cable continued to function until 1966.
The Valentia Weather Station and Valentia Observatory is an important part of Irish Meteorological Services and is instrumental in world weather forecasting.

Accommodation, Eat and Drink

The island has one hotel The Royal Valentia. This old hotel has been completely modernised to provide very comfortable accommodation and has a popular bar and great restaurant
Bed and Breakfast: Reenglas House, Carraig Liath House, Horizon View, A New U Country Cottage
Self Catering:  Holiday Home Seaside Cottages-1,  
Holiday Home Seaside Cottages-2, Boat House on the BeachNo. 21 An t’Oileán, Glanleam’s Gardener’s Cottage, Curlew Apartment
Eat/Drink: Royal Valentia, Knightstown Coffee House,  The Watch House, The Ring Lyne, The Moorings (Portmagee), The Bridge Bar (Portmagee), The Fisherman’s Bar (Portmagee).