The Skellig Coast’s Church Island 1hr Tour 

When visiting Church Island, located inside Valentia Harbour, explorers will climb and gaze at a unique and fully restored 6th-century Monastery on the Skellig Coast. It was here on Church Island where the monks encountered the Vikings, who established a settlement on Beginish Island, only 200 meters away, during the early 8th century.

Be fully absorbed in Celtic history as your guide transports you to a time of peace and tranquillity when the Monks lived off the land in wait for the next adventure. On departing Church 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.

Please Note – This tour involves climbing uneven surfaces to access Church Island.
If individuals cannot climb the island, the tour can still be enjoyed from the water’s edge while enjoying the comfort onboard ‘The Navigator’.

Departs from Knightstown, Valentia Island & Renard Point.

€50 per person / min. 4 persons for the tour to operate

Under 10s – €35 

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Please be advised that this tour requires sensible footwear.

What should I bring on my tour?

**Please check the weather forecast the evening before in preparation for your tour.**

We ask that the lead member of the party who made the booking bring the email confirmation.

We strongly advise you to pin the pickup location on google maps for ease of pick up and for allocated travel time the evening before.

We recommend that you wear the correct clothing for the sea breeze and bring: –

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Coat / rain jacket
  • Full-length trousers or warm clothing
  • Bottle of water or snacks

For all tours, we recommend that you wear flat, comfortable shoes.

Church Island

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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