Waterville is a picturesque little village overlooking stunning Ballinskelligs Bay and uniquely, also nestled on the beautiful Lake Currane which is renowned for the some of the best Salmon & Sea Trout Angling in Europe. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, with friendly Bars, Cafes and Restaurants, Gift shops, a Village Market and with a great selection of available, Accommodation Waterville really is the perfect base for making the most of your visit to South West Kerry.
Key Things to Do in Waterville
Golf – The village is also a renowned Golfing Destination with two world-class Golf Courses, Waterville Links being a Championship Course. Both have some of the most dramatic views in Europe. Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
Fishing – Waterville is an Anglers Paradise with Lake, River, Shore and Deep Sea Angling to choose from, it appeals to all Anglers. The Fishing Season opens on January 17th and closes on September 30th.
Archaelogy – Church Island, Waterville. Church Island is an archaeological site on Lough Currane. Romanesque architecture was introduced into Ireland from the Continent in the twelfth century and here it flourished. Twelfth century Ireland saw an upsurge of church buildings and the borrowed Romanesque style was soon re-fashioned and given a peculiarly Irish cast.
Loher Fort – This stone fort was probably the property of a local Chieftain in the early Christian period around the 9th century AD. The walls of this fort survive to a height of over three metres and are three metres thick, sloping inwards as they rise. The site is protected on three sides by high mountains and the views are spectacular.
Other Key things to do are:
- Boat trips to Skelligs,
- Outdoor Adventures,
- The Kerry Way,
- Waterville Children Festival,
- Waterville Sprint Triathlon,
- Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival. The town was a favorite holiday spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family who used to stay in the Butler Arms Hotel. They first visited the town in 1959 and came back every year for over ten years. There is a statue of him in the centre of the village in his memory. The community has also obtained permission from the Charlie Chaplin estate to hold the inaugural Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival in the spirit of Charlie Chaplin, the first festival was held in 2011.Waterville enjoys an excellent reputation for fantastic restaurants and bars serving delicious, top quality food with a great atmosphere. A firm Favorite on all menus is the fresh local seafood straight from Ballinskelligs Bay. All tastes are catered for:
- An Corcan
- Beachcove Café
- Butlers Arms Hotel ( Cousins of the Lake Hotel )
- Dooleys Seafood and Steakhouse
- Peters Place Café
- Sea Lodge Hotel
- Smugglers Inn
Waterville a bit of history :
A beautiful Irish seaside Village where our family have a big history, once the family employed nearly 70% of the working population. Huggard’s Stores at the end of the Village, the Bayview and Butler Arms hotels along with the fishing and shooting staff. There was also Foley’s accommodation across from the Fisherman’s Bar. Today Louise and Paula Huggard run the Butler Arms hotel and the Fisherman’s bar where it has its large share of very famous visitors. Names like Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Shirley McClane, Tiger Woods, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, and recently the Star Wars actors and crew.