Valentia Island is accessible from the mainland by roadbridge from Portmagee and by ferry from Renard Point, Cahersiveen.
Valentia Island Car Ferry runs from Knightstown Pier, situated a half-mile off the Ring of Kerry Road, to Renard Point on Valentia Island. The ferry operates as a shuttle service, with a five-minute crossing, six months of the year, from 1 April to 1 October.
KERRY AIRPORT www.kerryairport.ie
Visitors can fly into Kerry Airport and can Hire a car or take a taxi directly to Valentia Island, alternatively get a bus in to Killarney and another bus to Cahersiveen. Taxi then to Valentia Island.
CORK AIRPORT www.corkairport.com
Visitors can fly into Cork and can hire a car at the airport. Avail of public transport and either take a train from Cork Train Station in the city centre to Killarney or Bus Eireann from the Central Bus Station to Killarney. There is a shuttle bus service between the airport and the train station.
DUBLIN AIRPORT www.dublinairport.com
Visitors can fly into Dublin and can either take a train from Dublin Heuston Train Station in the city centre to Killarney (go to www.irishrail.ie) or take Bus Eireann from Busáras Central Bus Station to Killarney. Also, flights are available with www.ryanair.com from Dublin to Kerry airport three times a day.
SHANNON AIRPORT www.shannonairport.com
There is a frequent shuttle bus from Shannon airport to Limerick. A direct bus goes from Limerick to Killarney and a further bus to Cahersiveen, then taxi to the Island.
SEA FERRY FROM SWANSEA TO CORK
The new Swansea to Cork route operated by Fastnet Line saves you 600km (375 miles) driving on a round trip and connects the M4 Motorway in the UK directly to Cork on Ireland's South coast. The service offers overnight sailing 6 nights a week (Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from Cork and Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from Swansea) departing at 21:00 and arriving at 7:00 the next morning. Additional sailings are added in the high season.
There is a public bus system which travels throughout ireland-See www.buseireann.ie for details
The nearest train station to Ballinskelligs is in Killarney- see wwww.irishrail.com for details of schedules.
Driving Time from
Cork Airport 2.5 hours
Shannon Airport 2.5 hours
Kerry Airport 1.25 hours
Killarney 1.25 hours