Stunningly situated between the Wild Atlantic Ocean and the freshwater lake of Lough Currane sits the beautiful village of Waterville. It is shameful to even contemplate the tens of thousands of people who have visited Waterville, photographed Charlie Chaplin, walked the seafront, and departed this jewel oblivious to the fact that Waterville’s second expanse of water (Lough Currane) is only a mere “stones throw” behind them. Waterville is unique in the fact that it is the only village on the Ring of Kerry that is actually right on the coast (you can taste the salt water on the main street on a calm day) and sandwiched on a strip of ground between the lake and the ocean.
An Coirean (Gaelic) translates as “the little whirlpool”, a reference some believe to the shape of the bay (Ballinskelligs Bay) on which the town sits. The Waterville area and Ballinskelligs Bay play an important part in the mythology of ancient Ireland. According to the Book of Invasions written about 1000 AD, Cessair, the granddaughter of Noah, landed in Ballinskelligs Bay after the flood and became Ireland's first invader. Here too, the last of the mythical invaders, the Milesians settled in 1700 BC and reportedly left behind many of the archaeological sites found in the area. These rich legends along with the earliest memories of Kerry's history combine to form a mystical aura that visitors to Waterville can sense even today. But like all things in this world, you have to search to find the true gems.
Anyone who visits the village of Waterville should walk the pathway (known locally as the promenade) which stretches right along the seafront. If you want to extend your walk a little and see one of the finer beaches in the area then continue to walk along the cliff road (to the north of the village) and walk for approximately a mile to reach the beach. Here also you will find the famous Waterville Golf Links.