A History of Global Connections on the Wild Atlantic Way
The people’s story is one of perseverance and tenacity – leveraging the Skellig’s coastal location to allow the connection across the Atlantic and beyond. The lives and legends of the past remain alive in the villages today, and have helped to developed the Skellig Coast’s present day way of life, including its economy, culture, language tradition and sport.
See how today’s economy is shaped by a blend of past and present ways of life connecting across the Atlantic and beyond, and learn about the important role the Skellig Coast has played throughout history.
Living at the Edge of the World is not always easy, but it has inspired many great things. Influenced by the power of the Gulf Stream, learn about the unique challenges of the environment and marvel at the stories of resilience and adaptation in industry and village life.
There is plenty to do during your stay. We have listed below some ideas for you:
- Transatlantic Cable Station
Read the Transatlantic Cable story at Valentia Island Heritage Centre and meet the locals who know where you can see the elements of the story on the ground.
- Signal Towers at Bray Head
Hear the story and imagine seeing the fires lit at the Signal Towers connecting London, Bray Head, Bolus Head, Hog’s Head and Lamb’s Head.
- Seaweed Foraging Tour
Go on a seaweed foraging tour and learn about the Irish Seaweed – where it is being exported and how it is used.
- Skellig Chocolate Factory
Sample delicious hand made chocolates on the Wild Atlantic Way.
- Valentia Candle Maker
Hand made candles with beautiful aromatherapy oils. A perfect gift or souvenir.
- Old Butter Road
Follow the Old Butter road and see how the Pilgrims in the 18th century used to transport their goods to market.
Admire the view over the water in Portmagee, and imagine pirates, Vikings and monks travelling from across the globe as you enjoy the luxury accommodation at our guest house.