Valentia Island a hidden Gem in Ireland

Article highlighting the beauty of Valentia Island in County Kerry in Ireland.
By: Valentia Island Cottages
Jan. 17, 2013 - PRLog -- Located in the southwest region of Ireland just off the Ring of Kerry, Valentia Island offer travellers a glimpse of real Ireland. It is 11 kilometrs in length and Valentia is consider a far more homier isle to visit than the Skelligs to the southwest. Its fields and hill roll in harmony with those of the mainland. It is connected by ferry and bridge so travel to and from the island is convenient for Ring of Kerry Drivers.

If you visit Valentia Island please stay at one of the many holiday rental accommodations available At thie website you will see a selection of properties to choose from.

Did you know Valentia was chosen as the site for the first transatlantic telegraph cable. When the connection was made in 1858, it put Caherciveen in direct contact with New York, The telegraph station operated until 1966.
Portmagee connects to Valentia with a bridge and overlooks the southside of the island from the mainland. During the Summer Months, its small pier comes to life with boats embarking on the crossing to the Skellig Islands.

The combined features and history of the island make it an attractive tourist destination, easily accessible from the popular Ring of Kerry route. Here are some of the main tourist attraction on the island.

Geokaun Mountain and Fogher Cliffs: is the highest mountain on Valentia Island.
Glanleam House  is on the North East side of the island. What makes this special is that it is never touched by frost, these gardens provide the mildest microclimate in Ireland. Starting in the 1830s, Sir Peter George Fitzgerald, planted these gardens and stocked them with rare plants from all over the world. The gardens are open to the public.
A little know facts is the slate quarry provided slates for the British Houses of Parliament.
The island has a heritage centre which tells the story of the geology, human, natural and industrial history of the island.
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