Welcome to Valentia Island


Valentia is renowned for its high-quality slate, which was first quarried here in 1816 – Valentia slate was used to roof London's Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral, and Paris' Palais Garnier opera house. The quarry, abandoned in 1911, reopened in 1999 and produces slate objects including billiard-table bases.

The island measures just 11km long by 3km wide; Knightstown, at the eastern end of the island, is its only village.


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Valentia Island activities

$59.37 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Ring of Kerry from Killarney

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Torc Waterfall, Killarney, County KerryWalk through primary forest to meet really charming waterfall.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ballycarbery Castle, Cahersiveen, County KerryBeautiful and charming ruins of Carberry O'Shea castle from 1598. Crashed by parliament forces in 1651-52.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Cahergall Fort, Cahersiveen, County Kerry5th - 6th century stone fort , built with just balance stone, no mortar.Very impressive , high in details ancient construction.Duration: 49 minutesStop At: Ladies' View, Killarney, County KerryView from high point at National Park and Killarney lakes.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kerry Cliffs, Portmagee, County KerryBest viewing point at Skellig Islands (Star Wars) 850 feet above the sea level. Magnificent place!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Valentia Island Car Ferry, Knightstown, Valentia Island, County KerryA bit of trip through the water. Sometimes with dolphins. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kerry Bog Village Museum, Glenbeigh, County Kerry18th 19th century village museum. Good place to get focus how we were living in the past.Duration: 1 hour

$359.65 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killarney

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Kerry Bog Village Museum, Glenbeigh, County Kerry18th century Irish village Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Skelligs Chocolate Co., Ballinskelligs, County KerryChocolate factory Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Kerry Cliffs, Portmagee, County KerryThe most spectacular cliffs in Kerry Duration: 30 minutes

$79.92 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Kenmare

The "Ring of Kerry" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour with us is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours, we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70, N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and finally back to Killarney.A private tour of the Ring of Kerry has great advantages. Of course you can visit the well known places of interest (for example: Muckross House and Gardens, Coomakista Pass, Kerry Bog Village and the Torc Waterfalls). In addition, we can show you lesser known places that are equally impressive. • Cromwell's Bridge is a mysterious bridge in the centre of Kenmare. Folklore goes it does not get its name from Oliver Cromwell but is named after the Irish word croimeal - which means moustache! • The Stone Circle in Kenmare is the largest of its kind in south-western Ireland. • The Skelligs Ring boasts panaramic views of massive cliffs. The Skellig Islands can be seen in the distance. • On Valentia Island, humans have been active from at least 4,560 B.C. Along with stunning scenery, Valentia Island is home to the Skellig Experience and Valentia Heritage Museum. At the Valentia Slate Quarry, to this day slate is being mined. Slate from here was used for the Opera House in Paris and Westminster Palace in London! • Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle are all great medieval forts around Cahersiveen. As old as they are, they still dominate the area present-day!On our private tour, we can stop anywhere you like. You will not miss any Kodak-moments and we can advise you on great places to have lunch, coffee or an Irish pint of plain.Several variations on the official route exist, that include for example Valentia Island and Saint Finian's Bay. The tour can take you to all these places, including of course the famous highlights such as the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry Bog Village, Derrynane House and Gardens, Valentia Island, Muckross House and Ross Castle.

$79.92 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killorglin

The "Ring of Kerry" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour with us is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours, we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70, N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and finally back to Killarney.A private tour of the Ring of Kerry has great advantages. Of course you can visit the well known places of interest (for example: Muckross House and Gardens, Coomakista Pass, Kerry Bog Village and the Torc Waterfalls). In addition, we can show you lesser known places that are equally impressive. • Cromwell's Bridge is a mysterious bridge in the center of Kenmare. Folklore goes it does not get its name from Oliver Cromwell but is named after the Irish word croimeal - which means mustache! • The Stone Circle in Kenmare is the largest of its kind in south-western Ireland. • The Skelligs Ring boasts panoramic views of massive cliffs. The Skellig Islands can be seen in the distance. • On Valentia Island, humans have been active from at least 4,560 B.C. Along with stunning scenery, Valentia Island is home to the Skellig Experience and Valentia Heritage Museum. At the Valentia Slate Quarry, to this day slate is being mined. Slate from here was used for the Opera House in Paris and Westminster Palace in London! • Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle are all great medieval forts around Cahersiveen. As old as they are, they still dominate the area present-day!On our private tour, we can stop anywhere you like. You will not miss any Kodak-moments and we can advise you on great places to have lunch, coffee or an Irish pint of plain.Several variations on the official route exist, that include for example Valentia Island and Saint Finian's Bay. The tour can take you to all these places, including of course the famous highlights such as the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry Bog Village, Derrynane House and Gardens, Valentia Island, Muckross House and Ross Castle.

$79.92 Private & Custom Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Cahersiveen

The "Ring of Kerry" is a spectacular scenic route in south west Ireland. A private tour with us is the best way to enjoy all the sights and scenery the route has to offer. You can fully be in charge of the itinerary. Compared with coach tours, we can make more stops (of your choice) and travel to places where buses have no access.The Ring of Kerry is a world-famous route following the N70, N71 and R562 roads in a circular direction around the Iveragh peninsula. The route starts in the town Killarney and passes through the towns and villages of (in order): Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and finally back to Killarney.A private tour of the Ring of Kerry has great advantages. Of course you can visit the well known places of interest (for example: Muckross House and Gardens, Coomakista Pass, Kerry Bog Village and the Torc Waterfalls). In addition, we can show you lesser known places that are equally impressive. • Cromwell's Bridge is a mysterious bridge in the centre of Kenmare. Folklore goes it does not get its name from Oliver Cromwell but is named after the Irish word croimeal - which means moustache! • The Stone Circle in Kenmare is the largest of its kind in south-western Ireland. • The Skelligs Ring boasts panaramic views of massive cliffs. The Skellig Islands can be seen in the distance. • On Valentia Island, humans have been active from at least 4,560 B.C. Along with stunning scenery, Valentia Island is home to the Skellig Experience and Valentia Heritage Museum. At the Valentia Slate Quarry, to this day slate is being mined. Slate from here was used for the Opera House in Paris and Westminster Palace in London! • Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle are all great medieval forts around Cahersiveen. As old as they are, they still dominate the area present-day!On our private tour, we can stop anywhere you like. You will not miss any Kodak-moments and we can advise you on great places to have lunch, coffee or an Irish pint of plain.Several variations on the official route exist, that include for example Valentia Island and Saint Finian's Bay. The tour can take you to all these places, including of course the famous highlights such as the Gap of Dunloe, Kerry Bog Village, Derrynane House and Gardens, Valentia Island, Muckross House and Ross Castle.

$51.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island day tour from Killarney

This unique small group tour takes you off the beaten track to explore one of Ireland's most iconic destinations, the Ring of Kerry. Explore its remarkable wild and rugged landscapes as you are taken off the beaten track to unearth its true beauty.   You will visit the impressive Valentia island and unlock its many hidden secrets from the Skellig Islands and Vikings to the first transatlantic communication. That afternoon you will have the opportunity to explore the colorful fishing village of Portmagee before continuing on your journey around the Ring of Kerry.   So if you don't want to just sit on a bus, then jump aboard for a best tour of Ireland’s most beautiful and unforgettable destination, the Ring of Kerry.

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