10 Things to Do in Valentia Island That You Shouldn't Miss

August 3, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

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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1. Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs

Feaghmaan West, Valentia Island, Ireland +353 87 649 3728
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs

Reviewed By cra27 - Columbus, Ohio

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!

2. Bray Head Loop Walk

Bray Head, Valentia Island, Ireland
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Bray Head Loop Walk

Reviewed By ALSOregon - Oregon

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.

3. The Skellig Experience

Skellig Heritage Centre, Valentia Island, Ireland +353 66 947 6306
Excellent
34%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 267 reviews

The Skellig Experience

Reviewed By Sue H - Sydney, Aust

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. Valentia Lighthouse

Cromwell Point, Valentia Island, Ireland +353 66 947 6985
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 152 reviews

Valentia Lighthouse

Reviewed By Chris F - Farmington, Connecticut

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.

5. Old Slate Quarry

Valentia Island, Ireland 353-66-72777
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Old Slate Quarry

Reviewed By Lisa W - Saskatoon, Canada

A neat stop in the grotto to see a shrine so far above a working quarry. If you go up the hill opposite there are beautiful views overlooking the island and out to the Mainland.

6. Valentia Heritage Centre

Knightstown, Valentia Island, Ireland +353 66 947 6411
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Valentia Heritage Centre

Reviewed By eekogirl - Ireland

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.

7. Tetrapod Trackpad

Valentia Island, Ireland
Excellent
36%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 93 reviews

Tetrapod Trackpad

Reviewed By garfield5 - Wexford, Ireland

Found this place interesting very surprised the markings are there after all this time lovely view from here interesting insects to photogragh and nice walk to it

8. Valentia Island Ice Cream

Kilbeg, Valentia Island, Ireland +353 66 947 6864
Excellent
53%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Valentia Island Ice Cream

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!

Reviewed By Annemarie2404 - Limerick, Ireland

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.

9. Knightstown Town Clock

Waterfront, Knightstown, Valentia Island, Ireland
Excellent
48%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Knightstown Town Clock

Reviewed By machinmad - Norwich, United Kingdom

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.

10. St. Brendan's Well

Valentia Island, Ireland 353-64-31633
Excellent
25%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 44 reviews

St. Brendan's Well

Reviewed By Jenni D - Canberra, Australia

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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