Waterville

Waterville

Waterville, also known as "The Little Whirlpool", displays some of the most breathtaking scenery in Kerry. Forming part of the Ring of Kerry, it lies very south west of Kerry between Currane and Ballinskelligs Bay.

A quote by John Millington Synge gives in one paragraph an ideal image of this beautiful area of the "Kingdom": "One wonders in this place why anyone is left in Dublin or London or Paris where it would be better one would think to live in a tent or hut with this magnificent sea and sky to breathe this wonderful air which is like wine to one's teeth".

Whilst many tourists visit Waterville each year, it has managed to remain largely uncommercialised and traditional. It is probably the best place for exploring the coast and mountainous area. Being so close to the sea there is plenty to do here, namely canoeing, sailing , diving and horse-riding with all hiring facilities readily available.The town however is probably best known for its spectacular Golf Course. Waterville Golf Course is one of the 196 European championship courses. In latter years it has proved particularly popular with the American PGA Golfers, particularly the late Payne Stewart, who had been made Club Captain prior to his untimely death last year.

As well as the above amenities, for a more relaxing type holiday, Waterville and its surrounding area offers a number of breathtaking walks and places to see. The most scenic of these walks has to be the walk up to the Coomakista Pass. Although a long haul it is worth it for the beautiful views over the mouth of the Kenmare River. There is also a number of historical sites which have to be visited including Staigue Fort, Cill Rialaig and nearby Derrynane House and National Park - the birthplace of one of the most famous men in Irish History - Daniel O'Connell.

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