Old Slate Quarry Tours

Old Slate Quarry
The Old Slate Quarry is located a short distance from Knightstown on Valentia Island. The quarry was opened in 1816 by the Knights of Kerry and supplied slate to such prestigious places as London’s Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, as well as the San Salvador railway station in South America.

The quarry operated for almost 100 years, employing as many as 400 workers at its peak, and was finally closed as a result of a rock fall at the mouth of the quarry in 1911. It reopened again in the late 1990s and is currently back in operation, with quality slate products being produced by six members of staff.

The site is also home to a huge natural grotto that was built into the mined quarry. Today, this is a popular spot for visitors who want to take advantage of the peaceful setting and dramatic panoramic views out to sea.

Practical Info

The Old Slate Quarry is located on Valentia Island, just of the Ring of Kerry route. For the best views on the approach, leave the car at the crossroads leading to the island’s lighthouse and follow the winding road through the Glanleam woods.
Address: Knightstown, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland
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Private Tour: Ring of Kerry from Killarney

Customize your own itinerary and discover south west Ireland’s breathtaking natural beauty on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Kilkenny. Follow your private guide along hiking routes around the Iveragh Peninsula. Visit pretty towns and villages including Cahersiveen, Kenmare and Waterville, and discover top local attractions such as Muckross House, Coomakista Pass and the Torc Waterfall. Enjoy panoramic cliff views along the Skellig Ring and hike to top spots like Valentia Island and Leacanabuiaile Fort. During your private tour, feel free to stop where and when you like!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Sneem and Parknasilla

Discover top attractions and hidden jewels on the Emerald Isle on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Sneem and Parknasilla. Delve into the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula with your private guide. Take in top landmarks such as the medieval fortresses of Cahergall and Leacanabuiaile, the Torc Waterfalls, Ballycarbery Castle and Cromwell's Bridge. Explore pretty villages like Cahersiveen, Killorglin and Sneem and enjoy a pace of life far removed from the city. During your private tour, stop where you like and make the most of your time on Ireland’s Iveragh Peninsula.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killorglin

Marvel at some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Killorglin. Head deep into the Iveragh Peninsula with your private guide and discover famous landmarks including Cahergall Fort, Leacanabuiaile Fort and Ballycarbery Castle. Pass through quaint villages such as Kenmare, Sneem and Waterville, and enjoy an altogether more relaxed pace of life in the Irish countryside. Admire top attractions like the Torc Waterfalls and Cromwell's Bridge, and enjoy the freedom to plan your own route with your private guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Cahersiveen

Choose your own route through the Emerald Isle and hit the highlights you want to see on this private Ring of Kerry tour from Cahersiveen. Explore the Iveragh Peninsula with your private guide and discover top landmarks such as Ballycarbery Castle, Cromwell's Bridge, Ross Castle, the Skellig Ring, the Stone Circle and the Torc Waterfalls. Marvel at the medieval fortifications of Cahergall and Leacanabuiaile, and pass through quaint towns such as Kenmare and Waterville. Take the Coomakista Pass for spectacular views, and enjoy the freedom to stop wherever you’d like.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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