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 Natural state. 

Arrived to Valentia Island by car driving road the Ring of Kerry and the majestic green hills of the southwest coast. I learned all about the wild flowers which thrive in this region, Iris, Daffodil, Montbretia, Fuschia; species considered profitable in the US are wild and gratis here. Crossing the bridge through the small yet colorful fishing town, Port Mcgee, named after an 18th century Captain smuggler, I finally arrived onto Valentia Island, an 11km by 2km long with a total population of 665, everyone seems to know everyone in neighboring towns filled with local fisherman and apparently, hotelier entrepreneurs like Anthea, my airbnb host was waiting for me. Up to her waist in mud, she greeted me with enthusiasm and urgency. 

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STAY. Anthea's FARMHOUSE & other Homestays

Anthea's Farmhouse, Private Rooms

Miguel's Pink Flower Caravan, 2 Person Max. 

Miguel's Yellow Flower Caravan, 2 Person Max

Historic Cablemaster's Home, 8 Person 

Romantic Cottage, 4 person max 

The Royal Hotel, Historic hotel 

 

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HIKE THE ISLAND

I had no car on the island, no means of transportation so I hiked everywhere. I hiked for fun, I hiked for food, I hiked to explore. Best experiences were avoiding a storm at the Geokaun Cliffs and mountain, with rolling clouds and a white break of waves against the rock. As well the Valentia Island candle store, a quirky place where you can purchase infused candles made on the island. Stop for ice cream en route to viewing the Valentia Island lighthouse. Return home to Anthea's 1979 Red Bus Cafe for lunch or a coffee. My main reason for visiting the island however, was to see the Skellig Islands a day trip that will change your life. 

Geokaun Mountain & Cliffs 

Valentia Island Candle Shop 

Valentia Island Lighthouse

The Skellig Islands

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Anthea, an ambitious hotelier was working at the construction site across the street of her up and coming vintage airstream style hotel, a novel concept to her as she had never heard of El Cosmico, in Marfa, Texas but something she believed in after years of working at festivals like Glastonbury.

Anthea, an ambitious hotelier was working at the construction site across the street of her up and coming vintage airstream style hotel, a novel concept to her as she had never heard of El Cosmico, in Marfa, Texas but something she believed in after years of working at festivals like Glastonbury.

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EAT. PUB LIFE

Valentia Island Farmhouse Dairy Ice Cream ParlourKilbeg East, Valentia island, +353873497385

The Moorings Bar, Main Street Port Magee, +353 66 947 7108 : Veggie Burger + Fries or Fresh Fish

Smuggler's Cafe, Port Magee Street, +353 66 967 7250 : Calamari and Chips, Cappucinos

The Royal Valentia Hotel, Farranreagh, Knightstown, +353 66 947 6144, Salmon with Pea Mash