Come on in and discover a place where ocean, landscape and people meet in a symphony of natural beauty and shared experience along The Wild Atlantic Way… welcome to Valentia Island


Fáilte go Dairbhre  : Tar isteach agus fan linn. 
Welcome to Valentia  :Come on in for a holiday, enjoy the island, stay  with us a while.

We were doing fine in this very special island. We were known outside mainly by the word of mouth of visitors, and our own island diaspora that has spread to the four corners; fathers, mothers, sons and daughters of this great place. Things change, and so when the Google mapping van arrived, and recorded all of Valentia Island’s byways, wonderful places and stunning vistas, we knew that our little secret was out, that access to our secret has gone global when Fáilte Ireland  launched The Wild Atlantic Way  .Ireland’s longest defined coastal touring route.

With  vantage points over some of the most exceptional sights along the Wild Atlantic Way, nestled in the Southern Peninsulas, a trip to Valentia Island and it’s Lighthouse is a serene slice of island life. Valentia Lighthouse at Cromwell Point is also one of The Twelve Great Lighthouses of Ireland.It was opened to the public by Valentia Island Development Company  with  support from The Commissioners of Irish Lights ,South Kerry Development Partnership & Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland.On  a guided tour of the lighthouse you will discover  more information about Irish Lights and their international humanitarian obligations under SOLAS. On the tour you will access the Lighthouse tower and balcony , where you’ll encounter astonishing panorama  of the Wild Atlantic sea , Begnish Island (local folklore claims  was  a  former home of The Vikings ) and the remote, wave-thrashed Blasket Islands .Boat trips are available to The Blasket Island Heritage Centre and around the Harbour .

For more information on The Great Lighthouses of Ireland click here  Great Lighthouses of Ireland

The UNESCO World Heritage Site,  Skellig Michael is visible from the West Side of Valentia Island at Bray Head :which is a discovery point on The Wild Atlantic Way .For more information on the unique Skellig Michael, a trip to our nearby visitor center is a must. The world heritage site’s landscape is so other worldly that some of the latest Star Wars film was even shot there! At your leisure ,stroll the island and discover the 300-million-year-old footprints of a Tetrapod, the first dinosaur to step from water onto land, or find out more about the pictorial island’s past at the Valentia Island Heritage Center.

For a small island, Valentia certainly makes its historical and cultural mark and it is worth noting that there are still native Irish language speakers on the Island as well as a strong tradition of music and dance.  We are also internationally renowned, it was from Valentia Harbor in 1866 that the world’s first transatlantic cable was laid, stretching an incredible 1,686 nautical miles to Newfoundland. Discover more about this engineering feat at the home of the Valentia Cable Station’s first supervisor, James Graves.

And after all that sightseeing, don’t forget to embrace the ocean views from the idyllic Signature Point’s of  Bray Head and Geokaun Mountain and Cliff’s  with its stunning vista’s and alluring walking paths.

Visiting Valentia Island is simply an adventure in itself but it is also an ideal location to stay a while and explore the rest of the South Kerry Region.For advice and support and directions to Island sites and other Skellig Area experiences, please call into Valentia Islands Tourist Office which  located in Knightstown (close to the town clock).

The Tourist Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. Our friendly staff would be delighted to assist you.

For an audio visual experience of the lighthouses of Ireland, see the video below:

For an audio visual experience of the Islands of The Wild Atlantic Way, take a look here:

Apart from the Google thing on the Interweb we can also be located easily from the air – there is a small island to the east of us called ‘Ireland’. They have airports, ports and motorways that will all help in getting you here. The natives on that Island (Ireland) are, in the main, friendly, and will direct you to us.