Valentia Island – Tetrapods to Telegraphs
Valentia Island stands at the tipping edge of Europe reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the Skellig Ring, Valentia is a truly special and unique island – there is no other island that has Valentia’s distinct combination of stunning rugged beauty and truly fascinating past ranging from the 385 million year old Tetrapod tracks to the landing site of the very First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable.
In the entertaining company of your local Driver Guide, Muiris Walsh, take an unforgettable journey through time calling at:
- the 385 million year old Tetrapod Tracks
- Valentia Slate Quarry and hear about the Knights of Kerry
- Early Christian Site home to a rare Ogham Stone at Kildreenagh, Valentia
- 4,000 year old stone Wedge tomb
- The landing site of the first Transatlantic Telegraph Cable at Foilhamerum bay – where the original World Wide Web of modern communication began
The Skellig Chocolate Factory in St. Finians Bay is our final stop on this tour where you can taste the delicious chocolate and enjoy the views of the Skellig Rock.
On our way to the Chocolate Factory we leave Valentia Island and continue on the Skellig Ring trail through the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee and drive over the stunning mountains into St. Finians Bay. The drive over Coom an Easpaig (Irish for Pass of the Bishop) into St. Finians Bay is simply breathtaking with unforgettable views of the Skellig Rock.
This is your opportunity to spend time in the company of South Kerry local, your Driver Guide, Muiris Walsh. The Skellig Coast is his home and Muiris can connect you to its people and place in a way that only a local can – your tour with Muiris will be full of fun, lively conversation, stories and good old Irish ‘craic’.
This tour costs €35 per Person (Minimum 2 persons, Max 8 persons) Tour lasts 3 to 4 hours.Pick up points: Portmagee – The Moorings, Valentia – The Royal Hotel, Waterville – The Waterville Lodge, Ballinskelligs – Tig Rosies, Caherciveen -The Barracks.
We also provide a full day private tour for 1-8 people for a family/group rate of €345.