Waterville is a small town on the Ring of Kerry. Small it may be but it has a lot of heart, offers a friendly welcome and has a rich and interesting history. It was here that an atlantic telegraph cable came ashore connecting Waterville with Canso in Nova Scotia, Canada. There were also cable stations on Valentia Island and Balllinskelligs. Although the cable stations are no longer used they have been designated as World Heritage Communications Sites. Valentia has a Heritage Centre with part of it devoted to the history of the cable stations. The town was a favourite haunt of Charlie Chaplin and his family. He is commemorated by a bronze statue on the sea front. In the last few years Waterville has hosted, very successfully, the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival.
There are 2 golf courses close by, Waterville and Ballinskelligs. Waterville golf club has been played by some of the worlds finest golfers and celebrities. Those included in this catagory are Michael Douglass and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mark O'Meara(won the Masters and the British Open Championship in 1988), Nick Faldo, Jim Furyk(won the U.S. Open in 2003), Tiger Woods, Ernie Els(winner of the Open Championship in 2002) and Payne Stewart, the club captain for a short time before his unexpected death in October 1999. A statue now stands near the club house in his honour. The beach in front of the town is a mixture of sand and stones but just a short walk towards the golf club is a long magnificent sandy beach.
The map below allows you to zoom in and out. Zooming out renders less detail, zooming in more. To achieve this just use the plus and minus buttons, top left of the map. To the West lie the Skelligs, to the north are Cahersiveen and Valentia Island and Killarney and continuing to the south you will find Caherdaniel. The map may be moved around with the left mouse button.