Ireland Golfing Escapes – Waterville
Ireland has become a mecca for visitors. With verdant landscapes, scenic castles, historic ruins and of course, world-renowned for its beer and whiskey, Ireland is one of the most touristed countries in Europe. It is awash with modern cities and vibrant villages, so visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit in Ireland.
Among the most visited regions in the country, County Kerry is on top of that list. It is one of the largest counties in Ireland and home to the world’s oldest footprints. It has many small villages, each of which has its own charm. If you are in County Kerry, jaunt to the little coastal village of Waterville and discover excellent golf links courses and a wealth of historical, botanical and archaeological features.
Located on the Iveragh Peninsula overlooking the beautiful Ballinskelligs Bay to the west and the stunning Lough Currane Lake to the east, Waterville is an ancient village, which was established by the Butler Family in the 1800’s.
It became Charlie Chaplin’s favourite holiday spot and each year for more than ten years, the famous English Comedian, vacationed there with his family and always stayed at the Butler Arms Hotel. There is even a bronze statue of him erected at the centre of village.
Waterville is not just known for being a hotspot for trout and salmon angling, it is also well known for its excellent golfing. It is home to two world-class Golf Resorts: the Waterville Golf Links and Skellig Bay Golf Club.
The Waterville Golf Links is ranked as one of the best courses in the world. It is an 18-hole championship course, which is not just popular with visitors, but also some of the world’s top professional golf players, such as Tiger Woods, Payne Stewart and Nick Faldo. Its unique location provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic.
Skellig Bay Golf Club may not be as popular as its next door neighbour, but it does have its charm. The links course which is sits on the shores of the Atlantic is quite new and if you do get to visit the course, you will find a bronze statue of PGA Tour star, Payne Stewart.
There are many other activities available, such as fishing, boat riding and sightseeing you can get to enjoy during your visit. The Church Island is a particular popular attraction site located on Lough Currane Lake. On the island, you will find the ruins of an old Irish monastery that dates back as far as 1200’s constructed on Romanesque style.
Another place of interest is the Waterville Craft Market, which is a walking distance from the village. It is a remarkable visitor attraction where you will find a heritage gallery that showcases art and design pieces that represent Irish history and culture. There is also retail shop stocked with authentic Irish crafts, such as jewellery, crafted glass, clothing and paintings as well as some popular Irish brands.
Apart from shopping, golfing and sightseeing, Waterville also has a vibrant dining scene. It offers a fine selection of cafes and restaurants with waterfront dining and excellent cuisine.
An Corcan, Beachcove Café, Sea Lodge Hotel and Smuggler’s Inn are just some of the many excellent eateries in the area offering great views and superb cuisine.
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