Attractions & Events
Golfing in South West Kerry is really all about Waterville, which is a unique place for golf with a choice of 2 courses to play on. Waterville Golf Links - rated Best Golf Course in Ireland in 2014 - is conveniently situated across from The Smugglers Inn, is very scenic, and one of the longest in the world. In the past Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Ernie Els and the late Payne Stewart regularly used this course prior to the British Open. On the other side of Waterville Village is the Skellig Bay Golf Course.
The Ring of Kerry is an Anglers paradise, and just one mile from The Smugglers Inn is Lough Currane, famous for its scenic beauty and for its stocks of salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Many specimen fish have been caught on the lake. Salmon fishing runs from January to September. Sea Trout fishing runs from March to October. On our doorstep is the Inny Strand - great for Bass fishing. Ghillies are available providing boats and engines.
Discover Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 8 miles off the South Kerry coast, where 6th century monks built their monastery 200 metres above sea level on this wave lashed rock. On your way out look out for the seabirds that congregate on the Skelligs - puffins, gannets, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and many more. If you're lucky you might even see dolphins or basking shark so don't forget your camera. Boats depart daily from Portmagee and Ballinskelligs (weather permitting). Booking advisable in high season and trips can be arranged for you.
Sea Synergy – Marine Awareness & Activity Centre
Discover what lies beneath the Wild Atlantic Way and learn about Ireland’s marine biodiversity. Marine exhibit with live animals, touch pools, workshops, presentations, explore the seashore with guided coastal walks and much more. If you or your children are interested in marine life and our coastline, this is a fun and exciting way to discover Ireland’s marine biodiversity! To find out more contact local marine biologist Lucy Hunt MSc – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: +353 (0)87 7850929.
Other attractions to enjoy in this area include horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing, hill walking, scuba diving and surfing (we have a room where you can dry your wetsuits and store your surf boards).
Ring of Kerry & Waterville Events - 2015
THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS : 2-6 APRIL
(Ballinskelligs, Cahersiveen & Valentia Island)
The Gathering of the Clans, now in its 3rd year, is a chance to witness and experience some good old Irish culture, music, craic and sports. The festival aims to celebrate the proud heritage Irish people have by showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of the South Kerry region. It gives the opportunity for people from far and near to bond with their clans and friends old and new. South Kerry is an area steeped in tradition with a proud heritage and visitors will have a chance to explore every facet of this historical backdrop whilst enjoying great traditional music and good old family fun.
There will be a host of events taking place around South Kerry area with the main event being the Battle of the Clans sporting event. Individuals will play on teams underneath the one family name with the resultant winners being crowned the Clan Champions. This event includes Gaelic football, traditional 4-oar rowing, golf, sheaf throwing, 5K clan relay, the drag hunt, and the new 'Battlefield'! See event website for more details.
VALENTIA ISLE FESTIVAL: 10 – 12 JULY
Come to the Valentia Isle Festival – where ocean, landscape and people merge in a symphony of natural beauty and shared magical experiences. For more information see www.valentiaislefestival.com
VALENTIA ISLAND KING SCALLOP FESTIVAL: 11 – 12 JULY
The Valentia Island Kind Scallop Festival, now in its 6th year, promises visitors scrumptious food in beautiful secluded scenery.
Entertainment will include live music, busking, fishing and sports competitions. A number of family oriented events will take place such as face painting, scallop-shell painting and a kid's duathlon. Of course, there will be plenty of stalls offering freshly cooked scallops for you to sample and the highlight of the festival is the crowing of Mr King Scallop 2015. This competition aims to find the most talented scallop chef in Valentia and the winner is crowned on the Sunday evening.
WATERVILLE CHILDRENS FESTIVAL: 10 - 12 JULY
The main emphasis of this festival will be on children's activities (face painting, bouncy castle, puppet show, kiddies disco) but plenty of fun for the whole family is guaranteed.
CAHERSIVEEN MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL: 31 JULY – 02 AUGUST
This annual celebration shows the very best of musicians, performers and street entertainers. Musicians and dancers come from all over the country for this event. The main attraction is the stage in the centre of town where great open air concerts take place over the weekend. Entertainment for all the family - children's play area, bouncy castle and animal farms for the younger kids plus bar man's races, stilt walkers, busking, Guinness and Oysters, music sessions, fireworks and much more. You won't want to miss it.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL: 20 - 23 AUGUST
The village of Waterville (the Kerry seaside village that Charlie Chaplin loved), with the patronage of Josephine Chaplin, along with other patrons, friends and local businesses, is holding this festival to honour the life and work of the master comedian and film maker whose legacy remains both relevant and influential to comedy today. This 4 day celebration is packed with events including film screenings, cultural talks and creative art workshops, live music, stand-up comedy, street entertainment, street market and Ireland's national circus - Fossett's Big Top. Guaranteed fun for all the family.