Go Wild Staycations- Just Drive & Discover- Valentia Island


You can do Ireland in a day, but you really only do Valentia properly in a lifetime. We realise life is short, so we want to be realistic here. There are three ways we recommend for visitors. You can explore by car or bike or by doing what the tetrapod did all those millions of years ago when it came ashore on Valentia – walk. To get around the whole Island in a day we suggest you drive or rent a bike.

The map below contains a very full itinerary of the island’s highlights. If you are staying for a couple of weeks you might make each of these a trip of its own by biking or driving to a walk and doing a loop walk back to your starting point. The Slate quarry or the Lighthouse at the Cromwell fort is a nice walk from Knightstown, Geokaun Mountain has spectacular views and rather than drive up you might consider walking! Bray Head, Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way is a fantastic place to see the Skellig Islands and there are well-established walks starting from there.

One thing you should know about the Island is this; ‘there is no bad weather’ or so we think. Some people blame the weather for their lack of proper clothing. Bring a raincoat – we get the odd shower coming in from the Atlantic.