Things to see or do
- Directions: Located off the southwest coast of Ireland. Europe’s most westerly inhabited island. Linked to the mainland by bridge at Portmagee.
- Access: The island has been linked to the mainland since 1970 by a bridge at Portmagee. The island is also connected by a car ferry from Renard Point - 2 miles from Cahersiveen. Ferries depart Renard Point, daily April - October.
- Highlights: Knightstown; Tetra Pod footprints; Cromwell Point lighthouse; Valentia Slate quarries; Skellig Experience Visitor Centre; Valentia Heritage Centre; Glanleam Estate & Sub-tropical gardens.
- Population: Approx. 600
- Size: 11 km long by 3 km wide.
- Activities: Hill walking; scuba-diving; cycling; fishing.
- When to visit: Connected by bridge, Valentia can be visited year round.
- Did you know?: In 1858 Valentia became the first terminal for the Atlantic Telegraph, connecting it to Newfoundland in eastern Canada.
- Accommodation: B&B’s, Holiday Homes, Hostel, Coffee Shops, Restaurants, Pubs, Grocery store.
Valentia IslandValentia Island Kerry - Ireland South
Valentia, off the South West coast of Kerry, is an island of great beauty and contrast. It is joined to the mainland by bridge via the Portmagee Channel. The western part of the island is dominated by the barren, dramatic cliffs of Bray Head which command spectacular views of the Kerry coastline while the mild effect of the Gulf Stream results in Valentia's balmy climate and lush, colourful vegetation. Valentia was the eastern terminus of the first commercially viable transatlantic telegraph cable. This vast endeavour resulted in commercially viable transatlantic telegraph communications from Foilhommerum Bay to Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1866. Transatlantic telegraph cables operated from Valentia Island for one hundred years. The island's main village, Knightstown, associated with the Norman Fitzgerald family, is reminiscent of an Anglo-Irish Village with its many stately buildings and refined ambience. The island's historical lineage, however, goes back much further than that. Tetra pod footprints were found on the northern part of the island. These magnificent imprints of history are thought to date from Devonian times between some 350 to 370 million years ago. An important quarry on the northern part of the island which opened in 1816 still flourishes today. The famous Valentia Slate has been used in many prominent buildings including the British House of Commons in London.
ContactTelephone+353 (0)64 663 1633
Address: Fáilte Ireland, Killarney, Co Cork, Republic Of Ireland