Welcome to Shealane Country House
Mary and Jim welcome you to share the Island experience while staying in our 4* Award Winning Guest House, we are privileged to be surrounded by stunning scenery from the Kerry Mountains to the wild Atlantic Ocean, ideally located on beautiful Valentia Island off the South West Coast of County Kerry, on the scenic Skellig Ring adjacent to the Ring of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Shealane Country House on Valentia Island, is within walking distance of Portmagee village on the mainland, the main departure point for the boat trip to the world famous Skellig Rocks, now an UNESCO heritage site.
Boat trips organised to the Skellig Rocks for our guests and all other activities on the island and the surrounding area. We endeavour to inform all our guests of all there is to do and see, complimentary local maps available.
With many years of experience in the hospitality business and having made many lifelong friends,Mary and Jim welcome you to share their experience of Irish hospitality and create many happy memories of your stay.
Our extensive breakfast menu is famous for its wide variety of choices, freshly prepared for you when you order at the table in the morning , with as much locally sourced products as possible, special diets catered for.
Bright spacious rooms all with individual views of the wonderful scenery from the Kerry Mountains to the Wild Atlantic Ocean. Bright spacious guest lounge with Satellite TV and many books for your perusal. Outside patio with amazing views for guests to enjoy watching the wonderful sunsets and the fishing boats returning to Portmagee with their daily catch surrounded with many seagulls waiting for a free meal.
As we have lived here for many years we know the area very well and can inform our guests of all the locally has to offer, with local maps and plan itineraries, local boat trips can be arranged.
Just 7 miles drive off the Ring of Kerry road, and 1 mile to the car ferry to the Island, Valentia Island is probably Kerry’s best-kept secret, the Island is 11km long by 3km wide and has a population of 600 approximately, there are 2 villages Knightstown where the car ferry operates from April to September, and Chapeltown in the centre of the island. The Island can also be reached via the bridge at Portmagee. Knightstown is Europe’s most westerly harbour and is also named after the former landlord the Knight of Kerry who lived in Glanleam House, which is surrounded by extensive sub-tropical gardens, which are now open to the public.
Skellig Michael and Small Skellig can be seen at numerous viewing points along the coast, they suddenly appear as you turn a corner like 2 mountain peaks on the horizon. A visit to Valentia Island would not be complete without taking a boat trip to the Skelligs.
Skellig Michael the larger of the two is a world heritage site as it has the finest example of an early Christian monastic settlement, dating back to the6th and 7th century, the enclosure consists of six bee-hive huts of morterless stone construction, two oratories and a church, it has twin peaks rising 220 metres and 200 metres out of the Atlantic.
Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is the road trip of a lifetime and Ireland’s first long-distance driving route. Stretching from the Inishowen Peninsula in Donegal to Kinsale in County Cork, travellers can navigate and discover Ireland’s wild, west coast.
The Wild Atlantic Way is where land and sea collide, Ireland’s last frontier against the marauding Atlantic Ocean. It is a journey along Ireland’s soul where wild raw beauty is your constant companion, with spectacular Irish coastal views that will take your breath away.