Get away from it all with Valentia Harbour Tours on an amphibious boat (boat with wheels) suitable for all age groups. Take a boat trip from Cahersiveen or Valentia Island to beautiful uninhabited Beginish Island with a stunning backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way, or just go from Cahersiveen to Valentia Island for a stroll to see the first transatlantic communication Cable station, heritage centre full of artefacts and a then have a coffee. On Beginish Island walk along the shoreline and reflect on the Viking house, Monastic Church Island and the families who previously lived there. Come Away refreshed.
The trip is run by Tommy and Áine O Connell and family who have a sheep farm on Beginish Island. Tommy’s grandfather came from Beginish and he has fond memories of visiting Beginish with his father and enjoying the stories from the islanders. He has a great interest in history and the landscape. Tommy gives a talk on the Viking settlement, Church Island, the more recent inhabitants and aspects of the landscape.
Valentia harbour includes the picturesque fishing village of Knightstown where quality food and beverages are available. The harbour is sheltered and seasickness not a problem. Spot the large gannets doing their vertical dive for fish and seals basking on the rocks in front of Beginish on most tides. The roof can be open or closed so a little of the soft Kerry mist is not a problem. There is a disability friendly toilet on board.
The boat was built in 2009. The building and the annual inspections are carried out by the Marine Surveyors office, Department of Transport which gives it the latest safety standards. The hull is aluminium and the drive is hydraulic. The three wheels and the propeller are hydraulically driven. On the water, the steering wheel drives the propeller and on land it drives the wheels. There is even differential lock to give greater traction in softer ground. The boat is 11.6m long and has a beam 3.8m. It is driven by a 170hp Perkins engine.
Trips from Cahersiveen 3 - 3.5 hours
- Adult €20
- Child €12
- Senior/Student €15
- Family €50 (2 adults + 2 children)
Trips from Valentia Island 1 - 1.5 hours
- Adult €15
- Child €10
- Senior/Student €12
- Family €40 (2 adults + 2 children)