Situated as it is between the sea shore and the majestic mountains and headlands, the area offers many interesting routes for strolling, walking or hill climbing.
The following are some suggested routes.
The more adventurous visitor will find, of course, that these will only whet the appetite.
Waterville – Golf Links ‐ Waterville
Leaving Waterville Village follow the road to the left at the Huntsman Restaurant. This brings you along the cliff road. It is a very spectacular, pleasant walk. 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 – 2 Miles
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 onto an old green road. The green road is walled on both sides by beautifully built dry stone. As you 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 – 3 Miles
Waterville – Hogs Head ‐ Waterville
Leave Waterville heading towards Caherdaniel. Turn right at a disused Petrol Station about 0.25 miles beyond the village. After about 1 mile you will be walking within sight of Ballinskelligs Bay. About 3.5 miles from Waterville you pass a small pier (Rineen Pier) used by the local fishermen. The road continues alongside the Bay and climbs through a gap in the mountain. On the other side you will see Derrynane Bay dotted by islands like Scariff, Deenish, etc. As you pass through this mountain gap you can see, standing stark and impressive on top of the mountain on your left, a bleak ruin of a building which is locally known as “The Lighthouse”. It is, in fact, a military barracks, which served as a lookout station during the Napoleonic Wars. A similar structure can be seen, across the bay on Bolus Head. The road ends about half a mile from the mountain pass.
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