Discover the best top things to do in Valentia Island, Ireland including Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs, Bray Head Loop Walk, The Skellig Experience, Valentia Lighthouse, Old Slate Quarry, Valentia Heritage Centre, Tetrapod Trackpad, Valentia Island Ice Cream, Knightstown Town Clock, St. Brendan's Well.
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4.5 based on 272 reviews
Geokaun Mountain is a good attraction because you have the option of parking at different levels of the mountain or of walking at any time, which I think makes the views more accessible to those who may have more limited mobility. There were some cute displays about Irish folklore that were fun to read and would really appeal to children. The views on the mountain of the Atlantic were fantastic and I think would have been all the more impressive on a clear day. We did the looped walk around the mountain, but spent a lot of the second half of the 1.5km hike dodging sheep excrement. There are many sheep living on the mountain, so this is to be expected, but hiker beware of where you step. Overall, worth the price of admission and I only wish we could have seen it on a clear day!
4.5 based on 139 reviews
This walk took us over an hour, rather than the 45 minutes some suggested, but it was pleasant and not difficult. Not much elevation gain. Beautiful views out to Skellig Michael, lovely wildflowers, and bucolic scenery complete with sheep and cows along the way.
4 based on 267 reviews
We didn't do the boat trip out, just settled on the visitors centre. The video was informative and they had a small exhibit inside. I would recommend the visitors centre for a quick trip, if you have time and the weather is good, I'd got on the boat tour. Have lunch there, it is fresh and delicious.
4 based on 152 reviews
This lighthouse has a long history that is captured in the exhibits in the various rooms. Although the original light has been replaced by modern electronics, the old equipment and procedures are clearly explained. Don't miss this interesting side trip if you're in the area.
4 based on 73 reviews
4.5 based on 40 reviews
A sweet little centre in a lovely old village building with really interesting stuff to read - photos - well curated with different areas of interest and very friendly staff. Definitely worth an hour of your time to wander round.
4 based on 93 reviews
4 based on 83 reviews
Sit on the Terrace here, gazing out over green fields and the sea view, eating homemade ice cream produced from the milk of the Daly’s pedigree herd of Fresians, it’s hard to imagine feeling better. This is happiness in a double whammy cornet full!
Stopped here for a quick ice cream break. Lovely homemade ice creams of all descriptions and tea/coffee etc, def worth a stop. Good value and lovely Seating area with amazing views. The owner was lovely and recommended places to go with the kids on the island.
4.5 based on 15 reviews
A pretty, well kept village with a delightful harbour water front, complete with fast ferry. This monument is tastefully renovated, giving you a feel of yester-year on the Island.
3.5 based on 44 reviews
The Well was signposted from the main road but no indication of distance. The road got narrower and narrower and then quite rough. Plenty of potholes which as long as you go really slow can be negotiated in a normal car. However, when you go past O'Sheas the road gets worse. We parked a bit further down from there where we could turn around and then walked (approx another 200 metres - follow track to the right). Luckily we had binoculars with us and could see where the place was as there were no further signs.
For something quite historical it was a bit disappointing.
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