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.
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.