Valentia Island Lighthouse
Guided Tour - April - October 7 days a week
With vantage points over some of the most exceptional sights along the Wild Atlantic Way, nestled in the Southern Peninsulas, Valentia Island and its Lighthouse is a serene slice of island life.
Valentia Lighthouse at Cromwell Point is maintained by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, being part of “The Twelve Great Lighthouses of Ireland”. This is the harbour light to guide vessels from the Atlantic and lead them through the northern entrance of Valentia Harbour past Harbour Rock.
The site was originally home to a Cromwell Fleetwood Fort believed to have been built in the 16th century which was one of two built on Valentia Island around this time. The outline of the Cromwell Point fort, with its bastions and barrack inside its walls, can still be easily traced from the air. On the site there is a standing stone measuring 3.43m in height, believed to date back to the Bronze Age.
Guided tours include access the Lighthouse tower and balcony with panoramic views of the Atlantic, the remote Blasket Islands and Beiginish Island (local folklore claims it was a home for Vikings).
Valentia Lighthouse was opened to the public by Valentia Island Development Company, with the support of The Commissioners of Irish Lights, South Kerry Development Partnership, Kerry County Council and Fáilte Ireland.
Guided Tours from 11.30 - 5.30 daily.