Travelling to a new place is always exciting. But if you travel to a place where not many people have gone before can make the excitement tenfold. Valentia Island is an isolated place on the western side of Ireland. It is a beautiful place having everything from sea and lakes to mountains.
You can do a lot of things here and visit different places. This place also has some historical and commercial significance. Here are some things you should know about Valentia Island.
Grotto & Slate Quarry
The Knight of Kerry opened the first slate quarry on Valentia Island in 1816. The slate from this quarry is world-famous and is used in renowned places like the London Houses of Parliament, Palace of Westminster and Paris Opera House.
Even a billiard table was made from it for Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington.
There was a huge rockfall due to which the mine was closed in 1910. Later it was reopened in 1954. Slates from here are exported to different countries around the world and are used for tiles, countertops, roofs, ornamental furniture, nameplates, building stones, and other things.
This quarry employs the local people and helps in the economic development of the island.
You will find the tetrapod trackway in Valentia Island which was discovered in 1993 by a geology student. This marks the transition of life from the water to the land. The tetrapod imprints date back to the Devonian times which is about 385 million years ago.
These footprints are of international significance as it is the evidence that these amphibians moved from water and started to live on land. You should visit this place when you go to Valentia Island.
Valentia Transatlantic Cable Station
Before the transatlantic cable, it took about two weeks to receive a message from North America to Europe. The first cable failed, but a year after it was successful. About 160 years ago the first telegram was sent from Valentia Island to North America. The transatlantic cable joined Great Britain with North America.
Valentia Island became the global hub of communication until satellite communications came. The cable station in Valentia Island is now a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage recognition.
Valentia Island is a place of historical significance. You should visit this place for a different experience. You will know about important historical events that took place here, the lives and culture of locals, and more.
The Grotto & Slate Quarry is an example of how lots of employment can be generated from a single project.
The tetrapod trackway is a mark of a significant period of evolution. The transatlantic cable station reminds us how difficult it was to communicate before this station was established. Valentia Island is a place worth visiting and allows us to experience history and natural beauty.