Valentia Island, (strictly speaking its not an island any more as it was connected to the mainland by bridge in 1971) lies off the south west coast of Kerry. The island while small in size (approx 12km x 5km) contains a number of interesting sites which when combined with the location of the island and the unique identity of the locals makes it a place well worth visiting. In summer it is best accessed via a 10 minute ferry trip from Renard (located just outside Cahersiveen). The island itself consists of two small villages Knightstown & Chapel town. Roads on the island tend to be narrow even by Kerry standards and some of the sights to the north of the island (lighthouse etc) are best accessed on foot. This also allows you to take full advantage of the unique beauty of the area.