Valencia Island, County Kerry

A popular holiday resort, Valencia Island is reached by a modern bridge that spans the 120 yard wide channel from Portmagee. On the West side of the Island is a dark grotto with sacred figures appearing out of the gloom, set high in the cavernous entrance to an old slate quarry hundreds of feet above the sea. The cliff-top road to the quarry gives stunning views of the Dingle Peninsula and the Great Blasket Island. Knight’s Town, by the harbour, has a heritage and natural history centre that tells the fascinating story of the laying of the first transatlantic telegraph cable from Valencia in 1866.

Valencia Island is a real hidden gem that is worth a visit on your Ireland tours.