The Valentia Island Tetrapod fossilised footprints are the oldest record of vertebrate life on land and the amazing beginning of the human evolutionary story. About 385 million years ago, a primitive amphibian like animal known as a Tetrapod left its footprints on the muddy shoreline when Valentia Island was a swamp land near the equator. It was a very different place to the one we know today and still a very long time before the first dinosaur appeared. The tracks record when vertebrates first moved onto land, started breathing air and walking on four limbs.
The tracks are only a short but slightly steep walk from the car park so it may not be suitable for wheelchair access.