The people’s story is one of perseverance and tenacity – leveraging the Skellig’s coastal location to allow for connection across the Atlantic and beyond. The lives and legends of the past remain alive in the villages today, and have helped to develop the Skellig Coast’s present day way of life, including its economy, culture, language, tradition and sport.
See how today’s economy is shaped by a blend of past and present ways of life connecting across the Atlantic and beyond, and learn about the important role the Skellig Coast has played throughout history. Create an interactive experience that brings the Transatlantic Cable Story to life or follow the story of the Knights of Kerry and how they influenced the fortunes of Valentia Island at Glanleam House & Gardens, the lighthouse at Cromwell Point, the Slate Quarry, and Knightstown.
Living at the Edge of the World is not always easy, but it has inspired many great things. Influenced by the power of the Gulf Stream, learn about the unique challenges of this environment and marvel at the stories of resilience and adaptation in industry and village life. Get Siopa Feirme and Taste Kerry produce at top restaurants, pubs and local cafés serving local food by following the food touring route and learn about our history of exports of quality produce fed by the Gulf Stream (ocean currents).
Read the Transatlantic Cable Story at Valentia Island Heritage Centre and meet the locals who know where you can see elements of the story on the ground.
Hear the story and imagine seeing the fires lit at the Signal Towers connecting London (Bray Head, Bolus Head, Hog’s Head & Lamb’s Head).
Visit one of the network of Irish lighthouses protecting the coast for global voyagers past and present (starting with the Lighthouse at Cromwell Point).
Go on a seaweed foraging tour and learn about Irish Seaweed – where it is being exported and how it is being used.
Visit innovative Kerry enterprises such as Skellig Chocolates, the Valentia Candle Maker and more.
Walk the Derrynane Seashore Nature Trail (including the Wild Plan Medicinal Walks story).
Follow the Old Butter Road and see how pilgrims in the 18th century used to transport their goods to market.
Visit Caol Boig and see where a German plane crash landed in 1941 as you hear about its harrowing story and the song it inspired.
Admire the view over the water and imagine pirates, traders, Vikings and monks travelling from across the globe.