Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Valentia Island

Valentia Island Heritage Centre

Housed in the old school on the road towards Geokaun Mountain, this is one of those wonderful local museums, a treasure trove of artefacts that tell the tale of the island's history more eloquently than any textbook…
Historic Site in Skellig Islands

Skellig Michael

The jagged, 217m-high rock of Skellig Michael (Archangel Michael's Rock; like St Michael's Mount in Cornwall and Mont St Michel in Normandy) is the larger of the two Skellig Islands and a Unesco World Heritage site.…
Historic Site in Caherdaniel

Derrynane National Historic Park

Derrynane House was the home of Maurice 'Hunting Cap' O'Connell, a notorious local smuggler who grew rich on trade with France and Spain. He was the uncle of Daniel O'Connell, the 19th-century campaigner for Catholi…
Museum in Kenmare

Kenmare Heritage Centre

Kenmare's old courthouse is home to an exhibition telling the history of the town from its origins as Neidín (the little nest), through its establishment as a market town by the Marquis of Lansdowne to the founding …
Ruins in Skellig Ring

Ballinskelligs Priory & Bay

The sea and salty air are eating away at the atmospheric ruins of this medieval priory, a monastic settlement that was probably built by the Skellig Michael monks after they fled their isolated outpost in the 12th c…
Museum in Ring of Kerry

Old Barracks Heritage Centre

Established in response to the Fenian Rising of 1867, the Royal Irish Constabulary barracks at Caherciveen were built in an eccentric Bavarian-schloss style, complete with pointy turret and stepped gables. Burnt dow…
Museum in Valentia Island

Skellig Experience

Immediately across the bridge from Portmagee, this distinctive building with a turf-covered roof contains exhibitions on the life of the Skellig Michael monks, the history of the island's lighthouses and its wildli…
Gallery in Skellig Ring

Siopa Cill Rialaig

On the site of a village abandoned during the Famine, this contemporary art gallery displays work by local artists and talent from around Ireland and the world. It is the shop window of the Cill Rialaig Project, whi…
Museum in Ring of Kerry

Kerry Bog Village Museum

This museum re-creates a 19th-century bog village, typical of the small communities that carved out a precarious living in the harsh environment of Ireland's ubiquitous peat bogs. You'll see the thatched homes of th…
Viewpoint in Valentia Island

Geokaun Mountain

The local landowner has transformed the island's highest point, Geokaun (266m) into a network of easy walking trails and viewpoints, with a breathtaking outlook over the Fogher Cliffs. It's possible to drive all the…