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Valentia Island Lighthouse
Discover Valentia Island Lighthouse on Cromwell Point in County Kerry, a stunning building on the site of a 17th-century fort which stood against invasion for hundreds of years.

Visit Valentia Island Lighthouse at Cromwell Point and tour one of the great lighthouses of Ireland. This magnificent place acts as a guiding light to bring in vessels from the sea and lead them through the entrance of Valentia Harbour.

Come and explore this beautiful place, once the Cromwell Fleetwood Fort. Built in the 16th century, the lighthouse was one of two on Valentia Island around this time. See the outline of the fort with its bastions and barracks inside its walls.

Marvel at the lighthouse’s balcony and the looming light standing at a mighty 16 metres. Right by the turbulent Atlantic Ocean, the building was originally staffed by a single keeper with his family on site.

Come here on a clear day and spot the UNESCO World Heritage Site Skellig Michael and the remote Blasket Islands in the distance.

Why we like it
  • Take a tour with a local guide and hear about the lighthouse's former keepers.
  • Admire the breathtaking light of this great lighthouse.
  • Spot the outline of the former fort with its bastions and barracks.
  • See epic Skellig Michael in the distance on a clear day.
Tips from locals

A Tetrapod (the first four-legged animal with a backbone) stepped from water onto land at Valentia Island over 300 million years ago. Ask your guide about the fossilised footprints of a dinosaur.

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