Waterville's Hidden Gems
The Wild Atlantic Way is a scenic coastal drive, walk or cycle along Ireland's Atlantic Coastline. It stretches 2,750 km (1,700 miles) along the west coast from Kinsale in co. Cork in the south to Co. Donegal in the north.
Waterville is situated right on the Wild Atlantic Way and we have a number of Hidden Gems including the following..
- Waterville Promenade Walk -
Breathe the Wild Atlantic Air while walking on our village promenade and then stop to take a photo with Charlie Chaplin and our sporting icon Mick O'Dwyer on the way.
-Waterville Lake Walk -
If you are walker then we have a beautiful walk around Lough Currane. It is a seven hour walk with spectacular scenery of lakes and mountains. Its an ideal opportunity to take some great photos if you are a budding photographer.
- Our Submerged Castle -
The tops of low stone walls just showing above water level a short distance offshore in Lough Currane are all that remain of this medieval tower house of the Mac Carthy rulers of this area. They are visible near Waterville from the road to Glenmore Museum and Heritage Centre. A rising water level submerged the castle.
- Auntie Bridies Award Winning Brown Bread in An Corcan Restaurant -
This recipe has been handed down through generations. This bread is crafted rather than being mass produced . All loaves made by hand rather than machine which leads to a better loaf, this is why sometimes we refer to it as a "cake" of brown bread which gives us a fair idea of the texture to aim for moist and crumbly.
- Dinner or Tapas -
overlooking the Atlantic in one of the many eateries in Waterville or sit and enjoy our fabulous sunset
- Golf -
Play a round of golf and Bow your head at The Mass Hole, the par-3 12th, where the local Catholics risked execution by celebrating Mass in secret in the hollow short of the green, and genuflect on Mulcahy's Peak, the 17th tee, Jack's favorite spot on the links, and enjoy the 360-degree view.
- Golfing in majestic surroundings -
Situated overlooking the majestic Ballinskelligs Bay and set among natural magalithic stonework and indigenous bog deal, there can be few more visually stunning locations for a golf course than Skellig Bay Golf Club.
- Horse Riding -
In Waterville enjoy Horse Riding on Golden Sandy Beaches or Ride Out in Spectacular Mountain and Moorland with Ring of Kerry Equestrian Centre.
- Traditional Irish Music and Set Dancing -
This can be enjoyed in local pubs like The Waterville Inn on a Saturday night.
- Kerry Dark Skies Reserve -
Waterville is situated in the middle of one of the there dark sky reserves in the world. It is the only Dark Sky reserve in the northern hemisphere. Stay a night in Waterville and you could see some spectacular skies.
- Spectacular Sunsets -
Setting sun over Carraig Eanna which can be seen from The Butler Arms
- Waterville Craft Market -
Here there is a Heritage trail with stories on waterville's hidden myth & history.
- Fishing -
Whether you are an avid fisher person or a beginner and would just like to fish in Our Butler Pool or one of our quieter lakes. We can arrange this for you.
- Church Island -
Why not take a boat trip to Church island where you can enjoy a picnic . On the island you will find the remains of an old Irish monastery dating back to around the 12th century built in Romanesque style. You don't have to be into architecture to appreciate the craftsmanship and dedication that went into the building of the church. Also located on the island is St. Finians Cell believed to be associated with the sixth century saint known as Fionan Cam (Fionan the Squint-eyed).
- Sunrise on Lough Currane -
If you are up earlly enough to go and view the Sunrise over Lough Currane and see the way the colours of the mountains and lake change as the light changes
- Football -
If you are a football fanatic, you might be lucky enough to see our Sporting icon Mick O'Dwyer training the local football team.
This Kerry section of the Wild Atlantic Way is by far the most bang for your buck (time) with awe inspiring views and things to see and do at every turn, and there are a lot of turns as you drive the best peninsulas in Ireland, the famous Ring of Kerry, Dingle and in the north Kerry Head.