Cois Cuain of Portmagee, County Kerry takes it inspiration from the sea. This lovely gift shop sells original gifts and stylish interiors. The shop stocks stylish handbags, jewellery and beautiful wooden toys for children. Accessories, linens as well as delicious homemade bread, preserves and speciality foods are also available.
Located beside the award-winning Moorings Guesthouse, Cois Cuain is the perfect destination for a relaxing break by the sea in Portmagee.
The town itself is located just south of Valentia Island. The name in Irish means 'the ferry', referring to its purpose as a crossing point to the island. Access to Valentia Island is now via a bridge from Portmagee.
Portmagee or Magee's Port, as it was known, is named after one of the most notorious smugglers of the 18th Century, a Captain Theobald Magee. Having served as an officer in the army of King James, Magee retired to a life of merchant shipping between France, Portugal and Ireland. Thanks to the intricately chiselled coast around the South West, his trade in contraband spirits, textiles, tea and tobacco, was extremely hard to police and therefore extremely profitable.
The village also serves as a departure point for tourists travelling to visit Skellig Michael, an island off the coast featuring a sixth century monastic settlement.