Life is an Experience

A must visit on the Skellig Coast of the Wild Atlantic Way

Embrace the rugged southwest coastline, feel the ocean spray on your skin, and be whisked away to a land that time has forgotten with a guided tour of Valentia lighthouse.

Learn the ancient history attached to the island while discovering 17th-century Fort and bronze age standing stone.

Explore the 100 years old lightkeeper dwelling house and meet Kittiwake, the lightkeeper avatar, who shares fascinating stories about the previous lightkeepers and their families.

Climb up the granite steps of the lighthouse tower and step out on the balcony. Enjoy stunning 360° views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean.

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Life is an Experience

Visiting Valentia

Valentia Island, with its network of narrow roads, is an undiscovered corner of Kerry with a rich and fascinating history.

The Latin-sounding name of the island is an anglicised version of the Irish Béal Inse, meaning ‘the mouth of the island’, a reference to Valentia harbour entrance. The Irish name of the island itself is Oileán Dairbhre, which means ‘island of oak trees’


Lightkeeper's Dwelling House

Museum and Tearooms

The Lightkeeper’s Dwelling House is an asymmetrical stone and concrete building erected in 1910. A small sheltered room for a former water tank stands above the porch. The last lightkeeper, Harry Staniforth, his wife Margaret and his two daughters, Geraldine and Margaret, were the last residents of this house until the lighthouse was automated in 1947. The house is now fully restored as a museum and the former kitchen hosts our tearooms