Geokaun Mountain is one of the largest mountains on the island of Valentia in County Kerry, Ireland. Culminating at an altitude of 266 meters for its north face, it has the advantage of overlooking the ocean, and offers an exceptional panorama of the Dingle Peninsula.
Geokaun Mountain has the peculiarity of being partially privatized: thus, the top of the mountain is private property. That’s why you will have to pay a tax to access it. The mountain, is a giant of earth, grass and rock, rather easy to climb. However, you should bring the necessary equipment for a good hike: there are some more difficult passages to cross, which will require real crampons!
The mountain has been divided into 4 distinct observation areas, dotted with information panels around tourist spots, viewpoints and highly historical places. Thus, you’ll learn about the Skellig Islands, the first transatlantic telegraph cable installed on Valentia Island, but also about Bray Head, Valentia’s lighthouse…etc!
The view at the top is extraordinary: you will dominate the island, and can admire the ocean, with the Dingle Peninsula, the Carrauntoohil Mountain 45 km away, Skellig Islands offshore, not to mention the panorama on Valentia Island, with its lighthouse, and its cliffs (the Fogher Cliffs)…etc.! Prefer not to go up there on a clear day: the view is clear over several dozen kilometers!