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Waterville

Waterville is a picturesque little village situated on the N70, Ring of Kerry driving route with the stunning Ballinskelligs Bay to its West and the beautiful Lough Currane to its East. It is famous throughout the world for its superb golf courses,its sea trout,salmon angling and its long sandy beach. The area is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery and was much loved by the actor, Charlie Chaplin. In his honour, the annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy film festival takes place here.

Waterville



Golf at Waterville is a mystical experience and is rated among the top five courses in Ireland and the top 20 links courses in the world. Waterville Golf Links has the beauty of classic links land surrounded by the sea yet forever challenged and shaped by the elements. Skellig Bay Golf Club is a stunning Ron Kirby designed championship golf course and is a must-play course for all visitors to Southern Ireland.

Waterville Lakes and River System are regarded by many as the foremost salmon and sea trout fishery in the country. Lough Na Mona is one of the four mountain loughs on the Waterville system. In these loughs one can catch brown trout, sea trout and also salmon later in the season. Lough Currane,the largest lake, is good for salmon fishing in March and April,and from June is good for sea trout fishing. Guides are readily available and are fully compentent.

The other way to fully appreciate the size and splendour of Lough Currane is to follow the walking trail around the lake. This walk is a very long demanding walk. The distance is 22.5km and estimated time is 8 hours. The other walking option is the Maughermane Circuit hill walk, which follows a pathless route to a summit of 675m. It involves a ridge but is not overly demanding with gentle climbs to the summit. Nearby,there is also a multi-activity adventure centre providing activities such as mountaineering, orienteering, rock climbing, archery, cycling, walking and water-based outdoor activities.

Waterville Craft Market is a showcase for Irish craft and design and has a reputation for promoting Irish excellence and Waterville Farmers Market promotes great local produce with vegetables, cheese, honey, breads and seafood for sale.

Waterville boasts an abundance of ancient historical sites. Among these are the ancient Stone Fort at Loher dating back to the 8th or 9th century and Church Island where the 6th century ruins or an Oratory was founded by St Finan.

Waterville hosts two other festivals during the year. Feile na Greine – Solstice Arts Festival is held in June. The festival is a lively celebration of the arts which begins on Midsummer day with a programme of music, seasonal readings song and set-dancing and ends with a St John’s bonfire. The Norish Fest is held in October. This is Norwegian-Irish initiative aiming to create an annual event between the two countries.

With a multitude of outdoor activities and festivals waiting to be discovered, Waterville offers you the perfect location for visiting the South West Region.

Situated 78km from Killarney, 79km from Kerry Airport and only, 167km from Cork Airport, makes Waterville a very accessable destination.



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