Tour the Skellig Coast
“An incredible, impossible, mad place. I tell you the thing does not belong to any world that you and I have lived and worked in; it is part of our dream world.”
When George Bernard Shaw wrote these words back in 1910, he had just returned from a visit to one of the most remarkable and best preserved archaeological sites. Situated on a narrow ledge, six hundred feet above the water, the little monastery remains virtually the same as when it was first built, more than 1,400 years ago.
Recently Star Wars crew used The Skelligs as an ideal location to film portions of ‘Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens’ and the yet to be released ‘Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi’. Skellig Michael and Little Skellig are Special Protection Areas and Nature Reserves under the management of the National Parks and Wildlife Service due to the birdlife that migrate through the islands including being home to approximately 30,000 breeding gannets.
Valentia Island Bus Tour
Explore Valentia Island with a guided bus tour with Mairéad Kennedy – the tour incorporates Knightstown, Valentia Island Lighthouse @ Cromwell Point, The Heritage Centre, Valentia Slate Quarry and Grotto, Bray Head and the Skelligs Viewing Point.
Available all year round. Call Mairead Kennedy at +353 (0) 87 205 1527 to book bus tour and rates for your visit.
Iveragh Peninsula Historical Bus Tour
Be taken on a tour through time from the present day to the Devonian Period, over 385 million years. Be driven in comfort taking the stress out of driving yourself on the narrow unfamiliar country roads. Get a real experience of each unique site, stopping at Cahergal Fort, Kildreenagh Ogham stone, Cool East wedge tombs, First Trans Atlantic Cable terminal, Tetrapod trackway and slate quarry and grotto. Take your time and enjoy every minute of each historic site. Hear the historical facts, great local stories and folklore from your guide.
The tour takes 3 to 4 hours and can be customised to suit your requests. Caters for small intimate groups of up to 6 people. Available all year round. Must be arranged in advance. Booked for you through Atlantic Villa.
Rates: Minimum of 2 people €30 per person. 4 – 6 people €25 per person
Horse and Carriage Island Tour
Take a guided “Horse and carriage tour” around the island. Customise your tour to suit your interest. Hear the history and local stories as you follow the trail and stop in at the Valentia Island Ice-cream Parlour.
Available from April to October.
Contact Joe Daly at 087 286 4635 to arrange your trip.