Knightstown is named after the local landlord ‘The Knight of Kerry’, who lived at Glenleam. His former home is now surrounded by Glanleam Subtropical Gardens created over 150 years ago and is famous for a unique collection of rare and southern hemisphere plants. Glanleam House and Gardens are opening to the public for viewing particularly in the summertime.
Knightstown is Europe’s most westerly harbour. In the evening time people drift towards the pier and enjoy a pint or a chat with the neighbours or perhaps some of the boats that dock there and undoubtedly meet some passerby’s coming from the car ferry that brings people from the mainland over to the Island. This is open from April to October and runs until 10p.m each evening. It means that a trip from Cahirciveen is made a great distance shorter to Valentia via Renard Point. They can then exit the island via the bridge to Portmagee.