Ring of Kerry

Waterville | Irish – An Coirean – The Little Whirlpool

This town nestles between the Atlantic and Lough Currane. Waterville is a world famous game angling resort. The scenery here is superb with many fine beaches in the area. There are numerous attractions for the general Tourist, Archaeologist, Botanist, Artist and Antiquarian. There is angling and shooting for the sportsperson. The local Golf Course has an 18 hole championship course known world-wide and in July 2000 a bronze statue was erected on the course to the memory of Payne Stewart.

In the town itself is a statue erected to Charles Chaplin, who loved Waterville and spent a lot of time there.

Church Island – On the northern part of Lough Currane, the ruins of an Oratory of Saint Finan dating from the 6th Century can be found. Quadrangular inside and circular outside the church has a primitive doorway on the north side. Close to the Islands landing place are the ruins of a 12th Century church in the Hiberno-Romanesque style dedicated to Saint Finan. In the adjoining graveyard are several interesting inscribed slabs.

Submerged Castle – As a result of a rise in the level of the lake this castle can be seen at low water level. It is situated near the Southern shore of Lough Currane and can be seen from the road leading to Tooreens.

Standing Stones – can be found a short distance outside Waterville on the Kenmare Road.

Baslicon Dolmen – Off the Kenmare road, approximately 1 mile south of Waterville. Legend has it that this marks the grave of Fial, daughter of Milesius, prehistoric invader of Ireland.

Beenbane Fort & Beehive Huts – This fine horseshoe shaped fort opens on to the western shore of Lough Currane, before reaching the fort there are Beehive Huts with walls 2 metres in width.

Coomakista Viewing Point – Moving from Waterville to Caherdaniel the road rises through the Pass of Coomakista, 215 metres above sea level, giving panoramic viewing.

Eightercua Stone Alignment – On the Kenmare road outside Waterville is an alignment of four stones. Scene, the wife of one of the eight leaders of the Milesians in the last and greatest of the legendary invasions of Ireland, is believed to be buried here.

Things to do in Waterville

  • Paint Ball War Games can be booked here

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