Fishing Season: 17th January – 30th September
Waterville’s Lough Currane is world renowned for the quality of its Salmon and Sea trout fishing. Lough Currane is a short distance from the sea and is separated from it by a small river. It has a beautiful backdrop of mountains and spruce forests. Big spring salmon and vast numbers of sea trout have to travel only 500 yards through the river to reach the lough. Fly fishing is the norm and some trolling for early season sport is carried out on the lough. Ghillies will hold the boat close to underwater rocks, islands and headlands, while anglers fly fish.
The main Spring salmon run is from January to May. Average weight 10lbs. A 12ft to 15ft. double handed fly rod is recommended. Popular patterns are Hairy Mary, Thunder and Lightening, Munro Killer, Black Doctor, Blue Charm, in sizes 6,8 and 10. The main gristle run is from May to September. Average weight is 5lbs, and lighter tackle than that used for the Spring is recommended.
SEA – TROUT FISHING The sea trout fishing begins in mid-May. Average weight 2-2 ½ lbs. From July onwards Finnock (known locally as ‘juniors’) can also be caught. Average weight 1-1 ½ lbs. A single handed 10ft-11ft rod is recommended and popular patterns are Bibio, Black Pennell, Claret Bumble, Connemara Black, Fiery Brown and Watson’s Fancy in sizes 8,10,12, and 14.
THE INNY RIVER in the Waterville catchment area is generally spate rivers so fishing is best arranged during your holiday and would also depend on conditions at the time. The catchment is a long narrow mountain valley of some 47 square miles. The fishing which can be excellent is usually confined to about 8 hours following a spate. Deep-sea angling is also available.
Boats are available for hire, as well as Ghillies with their own boats. Ghillies may be hired on a daily basis. All are experienced and as well as being able to create an interesting day’s fishing, they can also provide boats and engines and tackle if required. Guests of the Butler Arms Hotel may book Ghillies at the hotel reception desk, but prior notice is advisable. Picnic baskets and drying room facilities also available.
The Wild Atlantic Eggscape
Treat the whole family this Easter with a memorable stay at Butler’s Arms. Escape to the Wild Atlantic Way and find Skellig's Easter Treats hidden in your room on arrival along with 3 course set dinner in Charlie’s Restaurant while the kids eat free*.
Planning to stay a little longer? Enjoy 30% off when you extend your stay this Easter!
Our Wild Atlantic Eggscape Package includes:
- 1 Night Stay for 2 adults & 2 children
- Full Irish Breakfast daily in Charlie’s Restaurant
- 2x Skellig’s Easter Eggs for the family in the room
- 3 Course Set Dinner in Charlie’s Restaurant (*Kids Eat Free - Under 12)
Stay with the family from €299
Paws for Thought
Explore the stunning setting of Waterville Village and enjoy a relaxing stay for you & your furry friend. Check into one of our dog friendly rooms and soak up the coastal scenes of the Wild Atlantic Way. Awake to full Irish breakfast and scenic views overlooking the wonderful Ballinskelligs Bay.
Our Paws for Thought Package includes:
- 1 Night stay in a Doggy Terrace Room
- Full Irish Breakfast daily in Charlie's Restaurant
- Doggy Treats in the room
- 3 Course Dinner in Charlie's Restaurant
Check in for a 3 night seaside escape and enjoy a luxurious stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Settle into your stay with teas and scones on arrival and enjoy a 2 course dinner on an evening of your choice. Awake to full Irish breakfast each morning before you head off to explore all that is on our doorstep.
Our Coastal Retreat Package includes:
- 3 Night stay for 2 guests
- Full Irish Breakfast daily in Charlie's Restaurant
- Tea & Scones on arrival
- 2 Course Dinner in Charlie's Restaurant on an evening of your choice
Stay from €259pp
Spring Sale – 15% off B&B
Put the Wild back into the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoy 15% off Bed & Breakfast Rates this Spring.
Our Spring Sale offer includes:
- 15% off your Bed & Breakfast Rate.
- Full Irish Breakfast included
Stay from €69pp
Skellig Six18 Gin & Valentia Island Vermouth Experience
Enjoy a luxurious 2-night stay with views of the sea whilst tucking into a delicious 4-course dinner in Charlies Restaurant where the focus is on in-season and locally sourced produce.
Our Experience Package includes:
- 2 Night Stay in a seafront bedroom
- 4 Course Dinner in Charlie's Restaurant on an evening of your choice
- Full Irish Breakfast each morning
- Guided Experiential & Tasting Tour of the Skellig Six18 Distillery
Paddle & Pint
Explore the beautiful Lough Currane by kayak or stand-up paddle board with the Sea Synergy guides. Discover the nature, myths & history, while paddling down Ireland’s shortest river! Head to McGill’s brewery, the first microbrewery on the Iveragh peninsula, for your tasting tour. Try their tasty hand-crafted beers and learn about the local heroes & culture that inspired them all.
Our Paddle & Pint Package includes:
- 2-night stay in a luxury seafront rooms
- Daily breakfast in Charlie's Restaurant overlooking the wonderful Ballinskelligs Bay
- 4 course dinner in Charlie's Restaurant where you can enjoy our local food and a refine wine selection
- 2 hours paddle and 1 hour Tasting at McGills Brewery