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The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre

Discover the Skellig Coast

The Skellig Coast is in the far west tip of the Iveragh Peninsula and it is enriched with history, cultural landscapes, and heritage. It is characterized by its sea and coastline scenery- “Where the mountains meet the ocean”. The Skellig Coastline stretches 130 kilometers from Castlecove in the east to Kells Bay in the west. The Skellig Coast is truly a place of rare beauty and all along the coast you will travel through the most idyllic and picturesque villages and towns in the whole of Ireland. The views are unspoilt, unique and invigorating and the warm and friendly welcome you receive will make it very hard to leave. The views and nature of this area are majestic whether you are watching the sunset or enjoying a starry night- this area is a must see while on your travels.

  1. Geokaun Mountain

This is Valentia’s highest point, and you can choose to walk or drive to the top where you can enjoy 360-degree views. You can walk a short path to the Fogher Cliffs enjoying the panoramic landscape at the viewing deck. Once you reach the top there are three different viewing areas- The Miner’s View, The Shepherds View& Carraig na Circe. There are over 50 information panels to read throughout Geokaun that teach you about the local history, wildlife, sea birds, Irish mythology, Skellig Islands and more. This is the perfect way to take in the breath-taking views of Dingle Bay, The Skellig Islands and Kerry Mountains.

  1. Bray Tower

This is a signature point along the Skellig Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way offering views of the Skellig Islands, the Blaskets, Valentia and the Iveragh Peninsula. In 1796 the abortive French invasion resulted in many tower buildings being built along the west coast so that signals could be passed from one another in the event of another attack. Bray Tower was said to be built in 1815 for this reason. It was used up until the 1920’s by naval authorities as a signal station. About half-way up the roadway leading to the tower on the south side are the remains of 5 dry stone buildings from early Christian times with 12 decorated stones, crosses and other geometric shapes that are engraved into them. It is a steady climb to the top and along the way you can take in the breath-taking views of the Skellig Islands, the Kerry Coast, and the Wild Atlantic Way.

  1. Kerry Cliffs

Located in Portmagee is the most spectacular cliffs in Kerry. The cliffs stand proudly 1000ft above the Wild Atlantic. Witness the magnificent scenery with the jagged outline of Skellig Michael on the horizon as well as outstanding views of Puffin Island. While standing at the summit you can breathe in the fresh air while taking in these mystical views observing this natural wonder. Relax and unwind at the top while you observe the mesmerizing views of the surrounding area that stretch to about 30 miles. This is also an amazing location to do some birdwatching.

  1. Valentia Lighthouse

Embrace the rugged and exposed elements of the south west coast and gain an understanding into what life was like for a lightkeeper and their families on Valentia Island. Located in one of the most scenic points on the edge of Europe, Valentia lighthouse is home to the most westerly harbour light on mainland Ireland. This light guides vessels from the sea and leads them through the northern entrance of Valentia Harbour and up past Harbour Rock. The site of the Cromwell Point Lighthouse was originally home to a Cromwell Feetwood Fort believed to have been built in the 16th century which was one of two built on Valentia Island around this time. The first light for Cromwell Point was originally applied for on 30 March 1828 by the Right Honorary Maurice Fitzgerald, Knight of Kerry. Work commenced on the lighthouse ten years later in 1838, the light was first exhibited on 1 February 1841. Since November 1947, the light has been automated. Originally, the lighthouse was staffed by a single keeper, housed with his family on site, however with automation the keeper was withdrawn, and a part-time attendant was appointed to look after the station.

 

  1. Skellig Chocolate Factory

Located just 10 minutes off the Ring of Kerry in Ballinskelligs with stunning views of Skellig Michael on their doorstep is Ireland’s only open plan chocolate factory – Skellig Chocolate Factory. Here you can observe the Award-Winning Chocolates and you can even sample some handmade chocolates being made right before your eyes. There is no admission charge to visit here. The Skelligs Chocolate Factory is open from Easter to mid-September each year. Luxury chocolates are available here with a wide array of flavours- some more unique than others.

If you are looking for off the beaten track unique destinations, then look no further. The Skellig Coast is refreshing and energising allowing you to experience local traditions and the beauty of rural life. Local artisan products, Traditional Irish sessions and tasty fresh local Irish Seafood are just a few of the many things you will love about The Skellig Coast.

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