Reached from the mainland of Ireland via a bridge in the village of Portmagee, Valentia Island guarantees visitors a peaceful and enjoyable time. The island only has a population of 650 people so you can be sure that you are in the perfect place to enjoy a “get away from it all” trip! A Valentia Island holiday rental cottage not only provides you with all of the amenities you need to have a stress-free time, it also comes with some of the most breath-taking, memorable views you will ever have.
Although a Valentia Island holiday places an emphasis on simply relaxing and enjoying the silence, there are plenty of activities available to keep your days filled should you prefer to be busy. Amongst the activities available on the island are swimming, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, windsurfing, cycling, walking, abseiling, rock climbing and horse riding.
Should you feel the need to venture out from your comfortable Valentia Island holiday rental cottage for the day then there are several great places to visit on the island. In the western part of the island visitors will find Foilhommerum Bay which is home to The Telegraph Field. This is a historical area as the field is the place where the first Transatlantic permanent telegraph communication cable was laid between Europe and America.
On the eastern side of the island is the town of Knightstown which is home to one of the island’s hidden gems, Glanlean House. The house was originally built as a linen mill in the 18th century and later became the private residence of the Knight of Kerry. In the 19th century the 19th Knight of Kerry created some wonderful subtropical gardens which amazingly are never touched by frost and can be grown without being protected by glass. The gardens have a good collection of rare and beautiful plants that nature lovers will enjoy.
We all like to have wonderful weather on our holidays and so you will be pleased to hear that if you book a Valentia holiday rental cottage you can expect to enjoy warm summers but very mild winters. July and August are usually the warmest months of the year, which sees visitors basking in temperatures reaching around 21°C. The winter months of January and February see the daytime temperature drop to anywhere between 8°C and 12°C. The annual rainfall amount for the island is very high at 58 inches.
Travel to Valentia, Ireland Travellers on a Valentia holiday will likely arrive at Kerry International Airport (KIR) which is approximately 50 miles away from the island. Airlines that offer cheap, frequent flights to the area include Aer Arann and Ryanair. Passengers can leave the UK from various UK airports including Stansted (STN), Manchester (MAN) and London Luton (LTN).