Saturday February 22, 2020

Home for the holidays, part 1

In the first part of our round-up of the best low-cost breaks in Ireland, our reporters take their families to Valentia Island and Parknasilla in Co Kerry, east Galway and west Offaly.

12th May, 2012
The picturesque vistas of Valentia Island in Co Kerry.

Maeve McLoughlin heads for Valentia

Situated at the southwesternmost part of Kerry just off the Iveragh peninsula, you might expect Valentia Island to be an isolated spot, but during the summer holidays it's the centre of our universe. With a bridge leading to the 11km-long island from Portmagee at one end and a ferry that takes a full five minutes to cross from the mainland at the other, Valentia is easily accessible.

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