Welcome to Knightstown

Knightstown Coffee Shop. ©Mary  Walsh Knightstown Clock. ©Mary Walsh Map of Valentia. ©Mary Walsh

 

Knightstown is the main village on Valentia Island, which lies off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. Valentia Island is linked to the mainland by a bridge at Portmagee, as well as by a ferry (in the summer months only) which sails from Reenard Point to Knightstown.

Knightstown is named after the local landlord, the Knight of Kerry, who lived at Glanleam. His former home is now surrounded by extensive sub-tropical gardens, which are open to the public. The village is reminiscent of an Anglo-Irish Village with stately buildings and a fine ambience. It is the main hub of activity on the island. In the evening, people drift towards the harbour to share news and a quiet pint in one of the local bars. The village offers superb views of Valentia Harbour, Beginish Island and the mainland. Knightstown is also the departure point for a variety of sightseeing boat trips and fishing trip

Valentia Island itself has an exceptionally mild climate due to the warm drift of the gulf stream and is suitable for all season visitors. The island has great beauty and contrast with high cliffs to the west and north providing sensational views onto the Kerry Coastline and the Skellig Islands.

 

 

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