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It is a low-lying island with an area of 13 hectares in Blasket Sound, between Great Blasket Island and the mainland. It has a large colony of Arctic terns. The island is also the main birthing site for grey seals.
There is at least one other island in County Kerry called Beginish: it lies at the mouth of the River Ferta about 1 km from Valentia Island. The Island lies to the north of Valentia Harbour.
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