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Poised in a spectacular location between Lough Currane and the Atlantic Ocean, Waterville is one of the more quieter but no-less beautiful stops on the Ring of Kerry. For those seeking stunning coastal and mountain scenery, historic sites, and a welcoming atmosphere, Waterville is a wonderful base.
Fewer than 1% of the golf courses in Britain and Ireland are links courses, and Waterville is one of them. The 18-hole championship golf course is more than a century old and a favourite among some of the most famous players in the world. Waterville is rated among the top 5 courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world.
The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival takes place every August in honour of the legendary filmmaker and hero of the silent movies. The festival incorporates a hugely entertaining range of events, screenings, workshops and Chaplin-themed street entertainment, as well as appearances by leading contemporary comedians.
The rivers and lakes of Waterville drain a large catchment and are widely considered to form the best salmon and sea-trout fishery in the country. The famous Lough Currane is on a spate river system, meaning that water and weather conditions affect fishing. The free fishery operates an impressive network of angling guides and boat hire. Expect a fair to good run of fish, dependent on water. All legal angling methods are permitted.
This permanent exhibition housed in the Tech Amergin, Community Education and Arts Centre tells the story of Waterville’s cable station through a series of interpretative panels on themes including the functioning of the cables, the cable station during wartime, and the effect the cable station had on the locality. See original equipment and artefacts, including a fascinating photographic archive.
The coast of Kerry is blessed with a multitude of beaches, but there is something enchanting about Waterville beach, a stony but inviting spot for strolls. Much has been invested in the pedestrian boardwalk, which offers incredible views across the Atlantic.
In 1884 the Commercial Cable Company laid two cables across the Atlantic, linking Canada, Britain, and France all via a station in Waterville. The location of the landing point of the cables is marked today by a historical marker on the road by the ocean’s edge, directly opposite the Huntsman Restaurant on the Cliff Road. The remains of several cables are still visible.
Avail of a boat trip across Lough Currane to Church Island. This wonderfully tranquil spot is a great place for a picnic. See how the island got its name with a stroll around the ruins of a Romanesque church called St. Fionan’s, which was probably built during the 12th century. Some appealing stone carvings of people and animals survive, and inside the church you’ll find the so-called Fidil Stone, two carved heads, and a pair of swans.
Probably the property of a local 9th-century chieftain, the partially-restored Loher stone fort is an impressive ring fort with walls of more than 3 metres high and 3 metres thick. The site is sheltered on three sides by high mountains, and the views are spectacular.
Amergin was the poet, seer and lawmaker of the Milesians, whose first successful invasion was from the sea at Waterville. Waterville Vocational School has been resurrected as Tech Amergin Community Arts & Education Centre, which organises a broad variety of courses and events for the local community as well as a regular programme of arts events.
The Kerry Way is a long-distance walking route that circles the Iveragh peninsula, with several branches of the walk accessible from Waterville. One of these is a lovely walk over the mountains to Derrynane Bay. Another wonderful route takes in the Lake Road and Lough Currane.
3.5km from Waterville
With an exceptional standard of accommodation and an ideal location, these holiday homes are truly the ideal choice for your holiday. Located just 5 minutes' walk from Kenmare town centre, these lovely semi-detached houses are perched on a site overlooking Kenmare
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3.1km from Waterville
This luxurious apartment is located in the attractive fishing village of Waterville in County Kerry. The two-bedroom holiday rental boasts spectacular views of the sea and mountains and is decorated and equipped to a very high standard.
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1.8km from Waterville
These holiday rentals just outside the Co. Kerry village of Waterville are very spacious, tastefully furnished, and designed to a very high standard. Well-maintained, landscaped gardens surround the homes. The accommodation comprises four beautifully decorated bedrooms with the capacity to sleep seven people.
1.1km from Waterville
This luxury self-catering holiday rental makes an ideal base in Waterville, on the Ring of Kerry. All four bedrooms are en suite with bath, and shower, and the master bedroom has a jacuzzi bath. A delightful holiday home, it is set in tranquil, rural surroundings less than a killometre from the town of Waterville and centrally located for all local activities.
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