Things to Do This Summer on Valentia Island

things to do on Valentia Island

Skellig Holiday Homes Top Summer Activities on Valentia Island: Explore Beaches, Historical Sites & More.

Valentia Island, an island located off the southwestern coast of County Kerry, is the perfect summer destination for you and your travel companions. With its often-mild Irish climate and stunning views, the island offers adventure and excitement for nature lovers and thrill seekers. Visitors have access to explore its rugged cliffs, calm beaches and the rich landscapes of this beautiful island destination. Whether you’re hiking up the Geokaun Mountain for panoramic views, strolling along the historical Bray Head Walk or simply wandering the secluded shores of Glanleam Beach, Valentia Island offers a perfect escape from the mundane day to day of modern living.

Why Visit Valentia Island This Summer?

Just imagine yourself holidaying on the charming island of Valentia this summer, where the Atlantic breeze sweeps across the land whilst the late summer sunset illuminates the skies. What a uniquely inviting atmosphere! As one of Ireland’s most westerly points, the island has longer daylight hours, allowing visitors to savour every moment of their stay. Around every corner you are provided with picture perfect scenery, from the vibrant blooms of Kells Bay Gardens to the historic Valentia Lighthouse. Here, summer days extend gently into placid starlit evenings, perfect for enjoying the local catch at seaside restaurants or a pint of the black stuff at the islands many local bars. Valentia Island offers a long list of unique adventures and experiences, read on to learn about some of our favourites.

Top Activities on Valentia Island

Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs

Valentia Island’s Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs offer a breath taking experience with the highest point on the island providing panoramic views of Kerry’s coastline and the Atlantic. The attraction is accessible by car with several walking trails. The walks also include access to the dramatic Fogher Cliffs where visitors can observe the wild rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean. There are informative plaques throughout the area which offers visitor educational insights into the famous attraction. Although entry is free, parking incurs a small fee.

Bray Head Walk

The Bray Head Walk on Valentia Island promises an invigorating trek with breath taking Atlantic views. The 4km out-and-back journey follows a well-maintained gravel path. Starting from a conveniently located car park, accessible for a small fee, hikers can experience the raw beauty of Kerry’s coastline. The path steadily ascends to the historical Bray Head signal tower, where the expansive sea views include the iconic Skellig Islands. Noteworthy along the route are the remnants of early Christian structures and the ‘EIRE’ landmark, used during WWII to identify Ireland from the air. While the walk is moderately challenging due to its incline, it’s accessible enough for those with a basic level of fitness.

Glanleam Beach

Located beneath the historical Glanleam House and Gardens, the secluded Glanleam Beach on Valentia Island offers a perfect tranquil escape for visitors. The beach can be accessed through a narrow lane, which leads to a secluded bay with small, grey sand perfect for swimming to Beginish Island or along the coast towards Valentia’s lighthouse. Glanleam Beach is ideal for those seeking a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of modern life with its natural beauty and renowned health benefits.

The Skellig Experience Centre

The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre is located on the waterfront of Valentia Island. The centre provides an in-depth look at the life of Skellig monks and the area’s rich marine environment. Visitors can explore extensive exhibits, engage with detailed models and historical reconstructions and watch a film in the 80-seat auditorium about the monks’ architectural achievements on Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre also features artifacts from Skellig Lighthouse, showcases underwater photography from Skellig waters and offers seasonal boat tours around the Skellig Islands. The onsite restaurant with its panoramic sea views makes it the perfect spot to relax and recuperate after a day of exploring.

Valentia Island Sea Sports

Valentia Island Sea Sports is located on the scenic seafront of Knightstown. This business is a hub for aquatic adventures, providing an exciting variety of sea sports and activities throughout the summer. They cater to young and old as the centre offers summer camps for children aged four to sixteen during June, July, and August. These camps feature a diverse lineup of activities, including kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, crab fishing, water volleyball, and sailing, alongside thrilling sessions on a twenty-five-foot water trampoline. For boat enthusiasts there is an opportunity to learn the ropes of sailing and powerboating. Valentia Island Sea Sports provides I.S.A-approved courses across three levels. The facility also opens its doors to the public daily for kayaking and water trampoline fun, with wetsuits available for hire. All activities are overseen by qualified instructors, ensuring safety and an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Dining and Accommodation on Valentia Island


Where to eat

Valentia Island offers an extensive list of dining options that capture the essential elements of Irish hospitality and culture. The Royal Valentia, which is known for its inviting atmosphere and fresh locally sourced seafood, provides a scenic dining experience with panoramic views of the harbour. For a more casual experience, The Ring Lyne offers traditional Irish cuisine and a lively environment, perfect for enjoying a pint and live music. Boston’s Bar, located along the coast of Knightstown, is renowned for providing delicious food and an extensive list of beverages. O’Neill’s The Point, a family run bar serving the finest locally sourced seafood, is only a 5-minute ferry ride from the Valentia Island to Reenard Point. Each of these establishments offer the warm of Irish hospitality and welcomes guests into the community-focused culture of Valentia Island.

Where to stay

It goes without saying, Skellig Holiday Homes stands out as the top choice for anyone planning a summer break to Valentia Island. With a variety of properties uniquely tailored to meet the needs of any guest. From traditional Irish cottages to luxurious holiday homes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, every home is thoughtfully laid out to ensure the comfort of every guest. We are perfectly placed in several locations across Valentia Island with access to the cultural attractions and rolling views that surround the island. At Skellig Holiday Homes, our properties offer the convenience of home with easy access to some of Irelands most famous tourist attractions.

Valentia Island is the ultimate summer destination for families or friend groups looking for a unique mix of historical excursions, nature hikes, gastronomic adventures and enjoying an ice-cold beverage looking across its vast seascapes. As one of Ireland’s most westerly points, the island has so much to offer its seasonal visitors. To check out our extensive range of holiday homes on Valentia Island, visit our property portfolio below.

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