Waterville is a popular beach resort braving the Atlantic gales, situated on a narrow neck of land between Ballinskelligs Bay with its lovely strand and beautiful Lough Currane which is renowned for the some of the best Salmon & Sea Trout Angling in Europe.
The town is on the Iveragh Peninsula which is traversed by the famous Ring of Kerry. Charlie Chaplin is probably the town’s most famous visitor and there is an uncannily lifelike statue of him of him in his famous tramps outfit on the footpath above the beach.
Golf and fishing are added attractions and as you approach Waterville you may spy a brief but unforgettable glimpse of the jagged Skellig Rock.
Waterville Golf Club is a challenging and scenic course. Links land is a geological rarity. Less than 1% of all the courses in Ireland and the British Isles are champion links. Waterville is one of these, it is no wonder that the world`s best players test their mettle here.
There are some great pubs in Waterville and all of them specialise in excellent sea food, and don’t worry about where to stay for the night there is Charlie’s favourite hotel and plenty B&B`s.
Waterville, historical name is Coirean, pronounced in Irish as An Coireán, meaning "little cauldron.” The town's name in Irish Coireán refers refers to the shape of Ballinskelligs Bay on which the town sits; the name, however, has been transplanted onto the lake with the Irish name being Loch Luíoch or Loch Luidheach.
The Butler family built a house at the mouth of the River Currane in the latter part of the 18th century. They named their house and estate Waterville. The village that developed on the estate during the first half of the 19th century was also named Waterville. The N70 Ring of Kerry route passes through the town.
The town was a favourite 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.
It is the home of Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and former Kerry senior football manager in the 1970s and 1980s.
Waterville Golf links has been voted the 5th best golf course in UK and Ireland.
The newly opened Skellig's Bay Golf Club has been listed as 67th in the same vote.
Waterville GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club. The club has been rebuilt and includes a gym.
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.
Surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, with friendly Bars, Cafes and Restaurants, Giftshops, a Village Market and with a great selection of available, AccommodationWaterville 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. 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 archaelogical 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 the Skelligs, Outdoor Adventure, The Kerry Way, Waterville Children's Festival, Waterville Sprint Triathlon, Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, Coastal Rowing Regattas, Féile Barr na Sraíde.
Waterville (An Coireán) is a small coastal village located on the scenic and famous Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way. Renowned for its game angling and its 18 hole championship golf links, Waterville is also a paradise for the hill-walker, cyclist, pony trekker, ornithologist, astronomer, archaeologist, sea and shore angler, water sport enthusiast and indeed for the general holidaymaker. There are many amenities within Waterville including supermarkets, a petrol station, activity providers, a hardware store, co-op, chemist, post office, fishing tackle shop, craft shops, medical centre & a village market. There is also many restaurants, bars & café's serving food throughout the year as well as a huge selection of accommodation. For a small village there are many event throughout the year including Eigse na Brideoige, Charlie Chaplin festival and much more. There is usually music in the local bars and the Tech Amergin Arts & Education Centre regularly has events such as plays, concerts, films and workshops.
Mick O'Dwyer Tournament 10th-12th June 2016 Waterville Co. Kerry is looking forward to celebrating our local hero, Mick O’Dwyer during the June 10th weekend. This weekend marks Mick O’Dwyers 80th birthday and to honour the occasion, the Sea Lodge Hotel are hosting a football tournament in Waterville. The event is to honour Mick in his own home town and to acknowledge all that he has done for the GAA and sport of Gaelic Football. A retired manager and former player, Mick is most famous for managing the Kerry senior team between 1974 and 1989, during this time he became the county’s longest serving and most successful manager. Join us in Waterville for the weekend of celebrations and festivities including entertainment by some of Ireland's top county music artists and get a chance to meet some of our greatest sporting legends.
Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival honours the pioneering spirit of a great film maker & advocate for social change The CCCFF is a four day event packed with workshops, circus performers, street entertainment, art exhibitions, film competition screenings & pop up improvised comedy. Some of the main acts this year is Comedian Deirdre O Kane on Friday 26th August & The great Bagatelle on Saturday 27th The 6th Annual Comedy Film Festival will run from 25th to 28th August 2016 & is a showcase for Chaplins enormous corpus of work in the film industry & Chaplin Classics will be shown throughout the festival The pivotal event is the competition for film makers (closing date 1st June 2016). For updates about the festival check out Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival on Facebook www.chaplinfilmfestival.com Tel 066-9478818
Iveragh Learning Landscapes Symposium 14-16th October Waterville & Caherdaniel Iveragh learning landscapes presents a two-day event on place based learning, nature connection and local heritage, based in and around the villages of Caherdaniel and Waterville in South West Kerry from the 14th to the 16th of October. Confirmed workshops: Place based Learning why & how – Anders Scszepanski Outdoor Learning/ Nature connection – Burrenbeo Trust Irish Marine heritage & wildlife – Lucy Hunt Sea Synergy Archaelogy/ Heritage – Aoibheann Lambe Seaweed heritage – John Fitzgerald Outdoor Ethics – Leave No Trace Dune flora & fauna – Vincent Hyland Herb Gardens in schools & Local Herb medicine - Niall Hogan More Information http://www.visitwaterville.ie/iveragh-learning…scaper-symposium/
Eigse na Brideoige EIGSE NA BRIDEOIGE is a cultural festival which takes place every year during the first weekend in February. The events are spread over various centres in the Gaeltacht areas of Iveragh in South Kerry. Each year a different theme celebrates and investigates some aspect of the rich social & cultural heritage of the area. The theme can be a person, a place, an organisation or any other aspect of that heritage. Lectures, seminars & field trips explore various aspects of the theme. The weekend includes music, song and poetry in both concerts & informal sessions. The festival is intended as a celebration of St Bridget's Day which is also a celebration of the coming of Spring, regeneration & growth Fiona de Buis, An Coirean, Co Chiarrai www.eigsenabrideoige.com Email - Fdebuis@eircom.net NEW YEARS EVE STREET PARTY The New Years Eve Street Party is an annual event to ring in the New Year with a BANG! Hosted by DJ Agers this outdoor event has a great line up of local bands & entertainers to suit all ages. Dancing on the Street starts from 8.00 till LATE In conjunction with The New Years Eve Street Party The Jacqui Fitzgerald Memorial 5km Walk/ Fun Run is held at 12.00 noon, starting at the Community Centre. All proceeds go to The Palliative Care Unit, Tralee SUMMER CAMPS Every July & August there is a variety of Summer Camps for Children in Waterville Arts Crafts & Activities for 3-6 yr olds - Contact Waterville Early Years Centre Tel: 066-9474859 GAA Cul Camps - Register online at www.Kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie Parks Tennis- Tennis Lessons for children ages 5-12 yrs. Contact IRD Waterville Tel: 066-9474366 Swimming & Water Safety Lessons - see www.iws.ie