Things to do
in the Local Area
You will never be stuck for things to do when you are enjoying your stay in Klondyke House B&B, that's our guarantee. Located in Waterville, there is a multitude of things to do in the area. Waterville Golf Club and Skellig Bay Golf Club are just a short drive away. Waterville is located on the Ring of Kerry which allows easy access to it's many famous stops.
Some of the things to do in the local area include:
- Old Commercial Cable Station at Tech Amergin
- IRD Photo Exhibition
- Valentia Community Museum, information and equipment on display of Transatlantic cable, history of lighthouse keepers and island life in Ireland in bygone years.
- Cill Rialaig Art Gallery, Exhibition centre and restored Famine village.
- Skellig Chocolate Factory – Ireland’s only fully ‘open plan’ chocolate production kitchen where you can get up close and see your chocolatey treats being made in front of you. Take some time and talk to the friendly staff while you taste some ridiculously fresh (and free) chocolate samples as you take in the incredible scenery.
Ring of Kerry
This is Ireland's best known tour. The 110-mile (176km) circuit of the Iveragh Peninsula is a marvelous roller-coaster drive over mountain passes, through forest, bog-land, by rivers and lakes and by beaches. Experience some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as well as visit some amazing historical sites. Stop off along the way in some of the many towns for a bite to eat or a walk along some of the many trails.
Loher Stone Fort
This recently reconstructed fort dates back to early Christian times around the 9th Century. It would have been built as a defended farmstead and the circular outer walls are over 2 metres high. The inner part is made up of a large round house and a smaller rectangular house. Well worth a visit. Other Archaeological sites in the area include Skellig Michael, Church Island, Staigue Fort, Standing stones at Eightercua, Leacana Buaille and Cahergall.
Fishing in Waterville
Waterville's Lough Currane is renowned worldwide for the quality of its salmon and sea trout fishing. Lough Currane - a few feet away from sea level with a beautiful backdrop of majestic mountains and spruce forests. Big spring salmon and vast numbers of sea trout have a run of only 500 yards - the length of the short river to reach the lake. Fly fishing is the norm and some trolling for early season sport are carried out on the lough. Ghillies will hold the boat close to underwater rocks, islands and headlands, while anglers fly fish.
Deep-sea angling also available. Boats are available for hire, as well as ghillies with their own boats. Ghillies may be hired on a daily basis, are experienced, and will create an interesting day's fishing. They provide boats and engines, as well as tackle if required. Fishing licenses are available for purchase from ghillies and in The Mace Shop in the Village.
Golfing in Waterville
Waterville Golf Links
Waterville is rated among the top five courses in Ireland and in the top 20 links courses in the world.
The course embarked on a new chapter of its fabled history when noted international golf architect Tom Fazio was commissioned to update the memorable Eddie Hackett masterpiece. Fazio has assisted many of the worlds leading clubs including Winged Foot, Pine Valley and Augusta National. "Everything about Waterville is truly spectacular, said Fazio". "The setting is one of the best I have seen for golf".
Waterville's Championship Links is just 1 mile from the village and regarded by many as the jewel in the crown. They have hosted many of the world's top ranking golfers, such as Tiger Woods, David Duval, Mark O'Meara and the late Payne Stewart.
Today a life-sized bronze statue pays tribute to Stewart's special relationship with Waterville.
Hogs Head Golf Club
In July 2017, Hogs Head Golf Club soft-launched its Golf Course and Clubhouse - located in Waterville, Kerry County, Ireland. The owners, Bryan Marsal and Tony Alvarez, had a simple vision to create a world class golf course "built by friends, for friends" who share the love of the game of golf.
HHGC has breathtaking vistas including the Finglas River flowing through the course, majestic cliff holes overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and the seaside charm of Waterville village.
The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. to seamlessly weave together the unique special beauty of the landscape with golf holes that flow naturally with a links feel.
The 48 suite Lodge at Hogs Head, with five cottages, is set on the shores of beautiful Lough Currane with stunning views.
Cycling in Waterville
Lots of cycling routes to suit all levels with some of the most incredible scenery along the way!
A wide variety of ride-outs taking in the beautiful local scenery of Ballinskelligs Bay.
Activities for families, couples, teens and kids are all available in Derrynane beach and include Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Water skiing, Wakeboarding, Snorkelling, Surfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) and more.
Things to do
in the Kerry
Located on the world famous Ring of Kerry, Klondyke house is the perfect base to explore the wonders of Kerry. From the local attractions to the amzing stops along the Ring of Kerry such as the Skellig Islands and the many historic and natural locations in Killarney.
Walking in Kerry
Kerry is a walker's paradise with some of the most amazing trails and hikes in the world. Here are just some of the walks in the local area:
Waterville - Golf Links - Waterville -Leaving Waterville Village follow the road to the left at Dooley's Restaurant. This brings you along the cliff road. It is a very spectacular, pleasant walk on a fine summer’s day. You have a view of the whole of Ballinskelligs Bay and Carraig Eanna, a reef of rocks less than a mile from the shore. Continue to the end of the road until you come to the Inny Beach, a long sandy beach alongside the Golf Course - Return Distance - 3.2km
Waterville - Waterlily Bay - Waterville - Leave Waterville Village, heading south. Pass a bridge and turn left at signpost for Hogs Head Lodge. Pass the lodge on your left and a woods on your right. This woods (Ballybrack Wood) is one of four few remaining native woods in Ireland, and reminds us of what the whole area was like in a previous age. Continue walking, with the lake on your left. You can see some of the lakes, Rabbit Island, Oven Island and the historic Church Island. At Waterlily Bay the road runs alongside the lake. You can walk along the shore and in season you can see an impressive display of water lilies in bloom. You may even be lucky and see a trout being hauled in! - Return Distance – 8km
The Kerry Way Cahersiveen – Waterville - Follow the “leaning man” Kerry way signs. Distance: 30km
Waterville - Baslicon - Waterville - Using Waterville as a starting point, head towards Caherdaniel. Continue for about 1.25 miles until you pass a bridge on a dangerous right hand bend. After another 200 yards (approx.) turn right on to an old green road. The green road which is walled on both sides by beautifully built dry stone walls, continue for about .75 of a mile. You will be able to see across Ballinskelligs Bay and Lough Currane. When the green road crosses a tarred road turn right and continue past a bridge until you again meet the Waterville/Caherdaniel road. Turn left here and return to Waterville. Return Distance – 5km
The Mass Path – Derrynane - Derrynane Mass Path Loop is a lightly trafficked loop trail that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. This walking route follows some of the Mass Path old pilgrimage route and the Kerry Way and passes through the hillside woodland above the Derrynane Blue Flag Beach and Derrynane House. Distance: 6km
The Kerry Way Waterville - Caherdaniel - There are two options for this section of the Kerry Way. The first is to follow the trail south from Waterville, this is the more low-lying option with views out to the Atlantic. The second option is the more demanding both in distance and height as it heads inland and through more remote settings. Distance: Option A: 11km, Option B 26km
Golfing in Kerry
Kerry is home to some of the most beautiful and famous golf courses in Ireland
- Ballybunion Golf Course
- Killorglin Golf Course
- Castleisland Golf Course
- Tralee Golf Course
- Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
- Ross Golf Course
- Castlerosse Golf Club
- Dooks Golf Course
- Skellig Bay Golf Course
- Dingle Golf Links
- Kenmare Golf Club
- Beaufort Golf Course
- Dunlow Golf Course
- Waterville Golf Course
- Ring of Kerry Golf Course