Private motor tour of the Skellig Ring and Valentia Island, South West Kerry, Ireland
In 1993 a Swiss geology student, Iwan Stossel, discovered "Tetrapod" trackway fossil footprints on rocks on Valentia Island which were formed 385 million years ago. Tetrapod footprints are the oldest evidence in the world of four-legged vertebrates walking on land.
On the 13th of July 2007 about 500 yards from the Tetrapod site, the famous American free solo rock climber, Michael Reardon, lost his life after being swept into the sea by a rogue wave after free climbing Fogher Cliffs on Valentia. Such is the diversity of Valentia Island, the most westerly point of the continent of Europe, which is linked to the mainland at Portmagee.
This private tour will include Valentia Lighthouse, the Tetrapod Prints, Fogher Cliffs, the site where Michael Reardon perished, the world renowned Slate Quarry, Geokaun Mountain viewing points, the Transatlantic Cable monument, the Skellig Centre, The Skellig Chocolate Factory and Portmagee Village. Valentia Island is a special place to be seen once in a lifetime.
9am - collection at your accomodation.
9am to 10am - scenic drive on Ring of Kerry road to Valentia.
10am to 10. 30am - visit to Cahergall Stone Fort.
10. 30am to 11am - Car Ferry crossing to Valentia Island
11am to 12. 30pm - visit to Tetrapod site, Fogher Cliffs, Slate Quarry and Geokaun Mountain.
12. 30pm to 1. 30pm -Lunch at The Bridge Bar in Portmagee.
1. 30pm to 3pm - The Skellig Experience Centre and The Transatlantic Cable Monument.
3pm to 4. 30pm - Visit to Skellig Chocolate Factory and St. Finian's Bay.
4. 30pm to 6pm - scenic drive back to your accommodation in Killarney.
* For larger groups I can hire a mini-coach or bus with driver that will accommodate up to 50 people. Contact me for a quote based on your numbers.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will collect you at your accomodation in Killarney or where ever you are staying in the immediate surrounding area.
End location: I will return you to your accomodation after the tour.
Duration: 9 hours
I will be your driving an 7 seater Ford Tourneo Custom touring van, 2018 model, with leather seating, air-conditioned and maintained to a high standard.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 euro - Lunch & Admission Fees
I am not restricted access to any historical or heritage sites in Kerry. However, state owned properties such as Muckross House and Ross Castle provide their own guides of the interior of the buildings and you must honour and respect these regulations.
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Ray was so very cordial and adept at leading our tour! His knowledge and wit were outstanding in our experience with the Ring of Kerry. He anticipated needs for breaks to stretch our legs and lunch or refreshments. We highly recommend his excellent services.