Valentia has had a long and varied history that has made it one of the most interesting islands in Ireland.
Knightstown Pier around 1890Below I have have attempted to give an overview of the islands history, links have been provided to other sites and for a more in-depth history I have provided a list of books which can be viewed by clicking the book link on the left of the screen.

The Valentia Heritage Center, located in Knightstown, is well worth a visit to learn more, I have also provided Links at the bottom of this page .

Dinosaur footprint (separate page)
Ogham stones, Dolmens and Holy wells
The Valentia Astrolabe
The first transatlantic cable
Glanleam estate
The slate quarry
Valentia observatory
Valentia Lifeboat (separate page)
Sceine Boats and regattas
The Lighthouse
Altazamuth Stone
Maude Jane Delap
The Marine Radio station(separate page)
Skellig Monastary(separate page)

Skellig Michael
The Iveragh Peninsula: An Archaeological Survey of South Kerry - Synopsis
BioMar survey of the Valentia Island area, Co. Kerry, May 1995
Dungarvan Museum Society Online