Are you looking for a private guided Valentia Island and Skellig Ring Tour tailored to your group? We provide:
- Both a driver and guide for a full day tour for just €330 for a group of up to 6 people.
- You can choose your own itinerary, or we can help with suggestions.
- We provide a luxurious nine-seater minivan, complete with soft leather seats, air conditioning, and plenty of leg room.
- Stop when you want to stop. Take photos, dip your toes in the ocean, or visit a particular attraction.
Take the road less travelled on the Wild Atlantic Way…
On this lesser-known Valentia Island and Skellig Ring Tour, we will take you to hidden gems that the bigger tour buses cannot visit. Peaceful Valentia Island made history in 1858 as the site of the first transatlantic communications cable linking Europe with North America. It is also the site of the over 350 million year old Tetrapod tracks. You will be stunned by the wild beauty of Valentia Island with its soaring cliffs and pretty villages.
The Skellig Ring was voted one of Lonely Planet‘s top ten places to visit in 2017. Perhaps it was the amazing views of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, or the delectable chocolate to be enjoyed overlooking the beautiful St Finians Bay. Why not explore the hidden backroads to be found on your Valentia Island and Skellig Ring Tour with Kerry Guided Tours.
Highlights of the Tour:
The town of Killorglin is famous as the venue for one of Ireland’s oldest street festivals, Puck Fair, which is thought to date back to pagan times.
The picturesque village of Portmagee is a gateway to Valentia Island, home of the first commercially viable transatlantic telegraph cable. Why Valentia is not world famous is a mystery, but one you will appreciate, as you get to enjoy this wonderland in peace. View tetrapod tracks, recorded among the oldest signs of vertebrate life on land. Enjoy spectacular views from Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs. Enjoy the subtropical gardens at Glanleam House, and see Valentia slate quarry, which provided the slate for the British Houses of Parliament, and much more.
St. Finian’s Bay
The tour continues over a mountain pass onto Saint Finian’s Bay, the location for Ireland’s only fully open- plan chocolate factory, where you can sample the goods and enjoy a very welcome coffee break.
Views of the Skelligs
St. Finian’s Bay is also the place where you will have perfect views of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, once a 6th-century home to Christian monks, and now made more famous as a location for the latest Star Wars movies. Even if you don’t make it out to Skellig Michael (boat trips are weather-dependent and restricted to the summer season), you can admire its pyramid peak soaring from the Atlantic.
Dubbed the Jedi Monastery by locals after it was revealed that scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens were to be shot on Skellig Michael, the island is meant to represent the place where Luke Skywalker was exiled for most of the movie. The island became the star of the show after Rey tracked Skywalker down in the climactic final scene. More recently, Skellig Michael reappeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as once again the Wild Atlantic Way brought the “WAW” factor to the latest blockbuster in the Star Wars franchise.
We wind our way along the beautiful coastline to Ballinskelligs, with a beautiful Blue Flag Beach nestled at the western edge of a gorgeous sheltered bay, right at the centre of the Kerry Dark-Sky Reserve. Here you will also see the famous “castle on the beach” and the 12th-century abbey.
Then it’s on to the seaside village of Waterville, once a favourite summer retreat of Charlie Chaplin and now more famous for its two links golf courses.