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Valentia Island, Co. Kerry

Valentia Island (Dairbhre in Irish), is one of Europe's westernmost inhabited locations, lying off the Iveragh Peninsula in the southwest of County Kerry. It is linked to the mainland by a bridge at Portmagee, as well as by a ferry which sails from Reenard Point to Knightstown, the island's main settlement. The island is approximately 11 km long by 3 km wide.

Valentia was the eastern terminal of the first transatlantic telegraph cable. The first attempt in 1857 ended in disappointment. Subsequent failures in 1858 and 1865 finally resulted in commercially viable transatlantic telegraph communications in 1866 that operated for one hundred years until Western Union International terminated cable operations in 1966.

On the northwest of the island stands modest Glanleam House amid its famous sub-tropical gardens; protected by shelterbelts from Atlantic gales and never touched by frost, these gardens provide the mildest microclimate in Ireland. Starting in the 1830s, Sir Peter George Fitzgerald, the 19th Knight of Kerry (1808 – 1880), planted these gardens and stocked them with a unique collection of rare and tender plants from the southern hemisphere, normally grown under glass in the British Isles. The gardens are laid out in a naturalistic style as a series of walks. There are plants from South America, Australia, New Zealand (the tallest tree ferns in Europe) Chile and Japan. The gardens are memorialized in a selected golden-variegated Luma apiculata "Glanleam Gold" that originated as a sport in the garden. The gardens are open to the public.

The island has many walks and scenic wonders such as the Pre-Historic Terapod Tracks, as well as boat trips to the Skellig rock or sea angling and scuba diving.

Gardens

Glanleam House & Subtropical Garden - Valentia Island County Kerry ireland
Glanleam House & Subtropical Garden
Valentia Island, Co. Kerry
Experiencing this garden is like straying into a benign jungle where the most exotic of plants rule in wild profusion. And if ever there was a place to give a sense of other worldliness it is Glanleam. The 40 acre site on an east facing bay on Va ...
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Golf

Dooks Golf Club - County Kerry Ireland
Dooks Golf Club
Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Links
The golf links is set out on one of the three stretches of sand dunes at the head of Dingle bay. In the immediate foreground are the sand dune peninsulas of Rossbeigh and Inch and just a few miles away the whitewashed houses of Cromane fishing vi ...
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Self Catering

Derrynane Hotel & Holiday Homes - Caherdaniel County Kerry ireland
Derrynane Hotel & Holiday Homes
Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry
Each of these 8 holiday homes have views of the ocean and mountains. Situated on the grounds of the Derrynane Hotel where residents may avail of the hotels facilities makes this a wonderful location for your self catering holiday. The dining r ...
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What's On

Dingle Farm Produce & Craft Market - County Kerry - Fridays
Dingle Market

Bridge Street, Dingle, County Kerry.

Fridays: 10am - 3pm

Contact: Mark Murphy

Tel: 087 757 8672. www.kerryfarmersmarkets.com
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Tourist Attractions

Skellig Experience Visitor Centre - Valentia Island County Kerry Ireland
Skellig Experience Visitor Centre
Valentia Island, Co. Kerry
Enjoy an audio-visual tour recreating the magic of the Skellig region, enjoy the history, The Skellig Experience’s re-created Skellig sea cliff, with life-size models and related presentations, you can get to know, by sight and sound, the l ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Carrig Country House
Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry
Just off the Ring of Kerry, Frank and Mary Slattery’s delightful Victorian country house is as romantic a location as any bride could wish for, set in acres of secluded lakeside gardens, with its own private jetty. There are churches ne ...
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