Celtic Spirituality Experience, Beginish & Church Islands – Guided Tour – 2.5hrs

Description: Fairies, Vikings and Monks: A Monastery, Mysteries and Nordic Influences await.

When on Church Island, guests will climb from the water’s edge to discover a unique and fully restored 7th century Monastery. It was here on Church Island where the monks encountered the Vikings who subsequently established a settlement on Beginish Island only 200 metres away during the early 8th century.

Our next venture into the past will take us to Beginish Island. Here you will explore the Viking Settlement surrounding the beautiful and natural brown sandy beaches touched by the Atlantic Ocean. Our walk will then take us towards the ‘Pilot look out’, where you will discover the history and purpose of the sea trade activity and coastal protection that started with the enemy long ago.

On departing Beginish Island, you will be engrossed in some local myths and folklore of strange goings-on within these remote Islands. Here you can decide whether these tales could be true or whether they are just old island myths!

Departs from Knightstown, Valentia & Renard Point.

€40 per person / min. 4 persons or €160 for a tour of 1-3 people.

Under 16s – €25

Maximum 12 persons per group.

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Please Note: Walking tour of medium to high intensity with rough terrain and is not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility impaired guests. Overall walking distance 4km.

What should I bring on my tour?

We ask that all customers that or lead member of your party who makes the booking brings photo ID with their date of birth listed plus your confirmation email. Just to make sure we have who are supposed to have on the tour. For all tours involving walking, we would recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. If you’re visiting during May to September please be ready for all four seasons in one day. We recommend that you bring sunscreen, a bottle of water (which you can refill along the way on most tours), a hat during hot sunny days and sun glasses for tours on or close to the water. During the cooler months we would recommend that you bring a coat and possibly a rain jacket and / or umbrella. In all cases…. Check the weather forecast the evening before to what to wear.

We had such a lovely day with Pat taking us out to Beginish Island for a short hike. We contacted him at short notice and he totally accommodated us and what a morning we had. Beautiful place, we saw seals, a viking settlement and one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen... and Pat was so informative on the local history too! What a gent! Looking forward to our next trip...
lorraine blackshields
lorraine blackshields
17:18 28 Aug 19
Paul and Pat were very informative about the history of the harbour. Would highly recommend a tour with Kerry Aqua Terra on their purpose built vessel the 'Navigator'. Best of luck in the future
Ryan J B Snook
Ryan J B Snook
12:22 23 Aug 19
Had a beautiful sunset cruise (summer solstice) Friday night. Great fun. Wonderful guides. Thank you Pat & Brendan. Couldn't have been nicer.
sinead bartley
sinead bartley
15:12 23 Jun 19
Interactive, informative, and really beautiful tour. Amazing way to see this stunning landscape and learn some history.On a visit to Kerry from New York, we took a Kerry Aqua Terra tour last October. It was brilliant from start to finish. The group was small, so the tour felt really personalized - we learned a lot of information, and had any questions answered expertly. Visiting the islands off the coast was so enjoyable and stunning, and we had no idea they were so steeped in history. The scenery around the coast of Kerry is mesmerizing. We highly recommend this tour if you want a intimate and informative experience, with really knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides. We will definitely do another tour when back in that part of Ireland!
Jane McCooey
Jane McCooey
21:18 09 Mar 19
Had a beautiful sunset cruise (summer solstice) Friday night. Great fun. Wonderful guides. Thank you Pat & Brendan. Couldn't have been nicer. Very important is that their boat is wheelchair accessible. So every one has a chance to savour the beauty of our coastline with these wonderful gentlemen.
sinead bartley
sinead bartley
00:55 03 Nov 19
We have had a perfect boat trip in June 2019.We loved it!!! Gonna be back in 2020.
Volker Koelsche
Volker Koelsche
21:30 24 Jan 20