Waterville is a unique place for golf, with the Waterville Golf Links, rated in the top 5 in Ireland and in the top 20 links courses in the world. Tiger Woods and his friends Mark O’Meara and the late Payne Stewart regularly visited this great course, prior to the British Open. Payne Stewart was President of the Club before his early death.
The whole golf course has a mystical aspect to it, overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay. This course will require all
the shots you can muster to conquer it.
On the other side of Waterville Village looking back over the town and Lough Currane is the new Skellig Bay Golf Course. A championship golf course built by the same developers who shaped the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course.
Dooks Golf Course just 30 mins away between Glenbeigh and Killorglin is another gem, and as Ronan Rafferty said it is one of the best kept secrets in Irish golf. The clubhouse serve very good food all day. The scenery is spectacular view.
Other courses worth considering : World famous Ballybunion GC ( less than an hour away ), Tralee GC, Killarney GC ( 2 championship courses ), Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Parknasilla ( 12 hole course beside the hotel, unusual and informal )
Fishing / Angling
The sea surrounding the Iveragh penninsula is rich fishing ground. The Gulf Stream waters from the Gulf of Mexico heat the offshore waters and provide a variety of marine species. Charter boats available from Waterville,Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and Knightstown ( Valentia Island )
For fishermen interested in salmon and brown trout fishing, Lough Currane which the house overlooks offers some of the finest sea trout available in Ireland.
Gillies and boat hire can be arranged locally. Call into the Lobster Pot bar and make enquiries there or in The Fishing Shop on the main street in the village.
A number of fully insured equestrian centres are located in Ballinskelligs, Cahersiveen and near Derrynane Beach, where you can trekking on the sandy beaches, or up the mountains, in the countryside.
Walking / Kerry Way :
The Kerry Way is the region’s best known and longest walk. Includes well signposted trails ( just up from the house ) throughout the Waterville area, with the Waterville – Caherdaniel ( Kerry Way 6) being a really enjoyable days walk, around Lough Currane and then over to Caherdaniel
( 28 km ).
There is a very extensive outdoor water center in Derrynane Harbour, where they offer sailing, surfing, water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing and row boats.
In addition they have a series of Kids Summer Camps in the mornings. Contact details available if of interest.
Skellig Michael and Little Skellig are a World Heritage Site and a must for any visit to Waterville and west Kerry.
Daily ( 10.0 am ) boats trips from Portmagee to the Skelligs. Booking in advance is recommended.
Include a visit to the Skellig Experience across the brige on Valentia Island to get some background information and history of the islands and the whole of the Iveragh Penninsula.
Call into the Skellig Chocolate Factory on your way back to Beenbane Lodge, located in St Finians Bay.