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.

Click on the button below to download or print our suggested itinerary.

Click on the attractions below for more details on each - enjoy your adventure!

Altazamuth Stone

Church of the Immaculate Conception

Glanleam Beach

Kerry Aqua Terra

Murphy's Atlantic Angling

Skellig Michael

Tetrapod Trackway

Valentia Island RNLI Lifeboat Station

Wild Atlantic Boats

Tower @ Bray Head

Cracow Park & Playground

Glanleam Subtropical Gardens


St. Brendan's Well

Skellig Boat Operators

Valentia Heritage Centre

Valentia Island Seasports

Casey's Cycle Hire

Geokaun Mountain & Fogher Cliffs

Grotto & Slate Quarry

Knightstown Town Clock

St. John the Baptist Church

Skellig Experience Centre

Valentia Island Lighthouse

Valentia Transatlantic Cable Station


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