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Islands in Co Kerry

If you are in Kerry, then why not take a day trip out to some of Ireland’s stunning smaller Islands of the Wild Atlantic Way? You can befriend the whales and dolphins, take in the ocean air, and look up at the star filled night sky. Some say there’s no better place to relax as on these Islands you will be at one with nature. Many of these islands are not yet overdeveloped allowing you to find a sense of peace and tranquillity during your stay. So, what are these Islands you may ask yourself, and how do you access them? To help you out, we have summarised 3 of Kerry’s islands.

Valentia Island, County Kerry: Connected to mainland Ireland by bridge, Valentia Island is located on the Skellig Coast in the Southern Peninsulas of the Wild Atlantic Way adjacent to the Ring of Kerry and is one of the largest islands in the area. The island is home to a wide array of flora and fauna as well as over 600 people. The western side of the island is baren and has stunning views of the coastline, whereas the other side has more lush and colourful vegetation. The island is known as the birthplace of global telecommunications and the landscape and geology dates back over 350 million years. It is also a great spot to immerse yourself in Irish culture through traditional music and sport.  If you would be interested in relocating a business to Valentia, then the Valentia Island Development Company is the one to reach out to. Or, if you are just visiting the island for a few days there are a variety of historic houses, B&B’s or camping parks. The island also has fresh seafood as well as its own ice-cream!

Skellig Michael, County Kerry: Skellig Michael is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its 6th century monastic settlement site which can be reached by climbing over 500 stairs on the old stone stairway. This stairway is only accessible by boat, so make sure you go when the weather is nice during the summer season. The island is mostly inhabited by seabirds and is an important wildlife sanctuary for the Manx Shearwater, fulmars, and puffins. The coolest fact? It was the chosen filming location for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Innisfallen Island, Killarney, County Kerry: This small island can be seen from Ross Castle and is reachable by boat trips from March until October each year. The ruins of a monastery which was founded on Innisfallen in the 7th century occupy the island. There are also the remains of a 12th century Augustinian priory and an 11th-12th century Romanesque church. The Annals of Innisfallen is a treasure of Irish history and is where the monks documented their lives over a period of around 300 years. Although written on the island, it is now stored in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. This island is ideal for a family afternoon out. You should enjoy the peaceful island and surrounding lake, and don’t forget to take a picnic with you!

If you would like an escape from the busier city life, these peaceful islands are the perfect option. You can be at one with nature, enjoy the wildlife and perhaps even stay for a night or two (depending on the location)! If you love being outdoors, then Kerry is where you belong. And, if you fancy your luck then why not pay €100 to be in with the chance of winning a house in Killarney with Kerry GAA. You’ll then be able to visit any of these islands at your own convenience, as many times as you want.