The Bord Failte Approved Smugglers Inn, a second generation family business for over 30 years, is well known for it's warm hospitality, comfortable ensuite bedrooms complete with telephone, TV, hair dryers, tea and coffee facilities and most rooms boast breathtaking sea or mountain views. The Gourmet Restaurant is world famous for its fresh seafood and shellfish delicacies. Live Lobsters and Crayfish in our tanks. Variety of snacks served in our fully licensed bar. Chef Patron: Henry Hunt .
It is not surprising that the Smugglers Inn has been praised by so many gastronomic writers throughout the world and is a Bord Failte award winner and many good food guides recommended. One could almost tee-off from The Smugglers Inn to the world famous 18 hole championship Waterville Golf Course. It is a very scenic Golf Course and one of the longest courses in the world. Golf arrangements can be made for you.
Restored Farmhouse with 180 years of history
All rooms - TV, Hairdryer, Tea & Coffee
Most rooms have breathtaking sea or mountain views
Dining Room with panoramic sea views
Garden Dining overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay
Fully Licenced Bar serving Bar Snacks
Helicopter Landing Area/Free Private Parking
Gift Vouchers Available
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The best meal We've ever had!! The fried prawns were gorgeous and the monk fish was delicious and the bisque was amazing!! Staff were very friendly Fiona was hilarious and the view from our room was beautiful and beds were comfy with lovely linens. Would highly recommend this place and would love to go back!!SSSSS
Audrey Schmidt -
United States (August, 2014)
The location of the hotel is fabulous and the staff friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the beds were not so comfortable and there was a smell of dampness in the room and the bathroom. We paid €50 B&B pps and per night in a room for 3 which was very overpriced. Same applies to the restaurant which serves nice food with a wonderful view but very overpriced. I would go back to have a drink facing the ocean but I would stay in a local B&B!SSSSS
Colette Donnelly -
Ireland (August, 2014)
How do I describe my stay at one of Ireland's jewels The warmth and welcome of the staff, made me feel at home, the food, outstanding, Derek and his staff, create culinary delights!!!
The setting on the edge of the Atlantic, gorgeous!!!!
This the first and only place I choose in the lovely town of Waterville.
I have my days counted until I return, I left a piece of my heart there!!!SSSSS
Carol O'shea -
United States (August, 2014)
Had a wonderful time and wouldn't hesitate to return. I will say I was soooo impressed with the staff . Unfortunately I was "under the weather" when we arrived so the lady at the desk called the doctor ...HE CAME TO THE HOTEL, checked me out and gave me a script. I was so impressed I just had to write and tell everyone what a super time we had, The room was very nice, the food I COULDN'T TASTE BECAUSE I WAS SICK....but my husband said it was terrific...I'd return again...wouldn't hesitate or think twice. Thank you for a great time....SSSSS
Kenneth Sosinsky -
United States (October, 2012)
Returning to The Smugglers Inn this week for my 16th stay. That probably says enough in itself. I've travelled all over the world and stayed in the fanciest of hotels. However its hard to beat the heart this place has. An incredible setting and always a warm welcome assured. Its as much the people that make it special, along with Henry's cracking cooking and a comfy bed. And if that's not enough the just happens to be a world class golf course 2 minutes walk from the door. Check it out for yourself.SSSSS
United Kingdom (June, 2014)
Giugno 2012 - Mio marito ed io abbiamo soggiornato due notti in questo hotel trovato per caso e per fortuna alla fine di una splendida giornata in giro per l'Irlanda. Le vedute, sia dalla calda stanza che dalla veranda - ristorante sono superlative. C'è solitudine, silenzio, grandiosità di paesaggio, una lunghissima spiaggia che invita a camminate serali dopo cena. Accoglienza e cibo ottimi, detto da italiani esigenti in fatto di arte culinaria. Gentilissima signora alla reception ha curato la prenotazione dell'escursione all'Isola Skelling, che pero' non è andata a buon fine a causa del maltempo. Ci torneremo appositamente per rifare questa imperdibile escursione.SSSSS
Carla Dotti -
Italy (April, 2014)
Fantastic food, fantastic staff, breath taking views. An unbelievable experience. What a find, after a long days cycling we had picked The Smugglers Inn purely because it was half way around the ring of Kerry. A really great friendly place with scrummy food. Ten out of ten on everything!!!
Marie and Emer Birr July 2013SSSSS
Marie Brady -
Ireland (July, 2013)
Just home from my stay in The Smugglers Inn, i never really write reviews but i said i would this time as i had such a good time. The staff could not be more helpful, accommodating us when we arrived late due to car problems. They have a nice bar area with lovely Guinness and a dining room looking out over an amazing view. I would without hesitation recommend The Smugglers Inn to anyone. You will be guaranteed a good stay, a comfy bed, smiling staff and to top all that be served delicious food. SSSSS
Gareth Power -
Ireland (July, 2013)
We are just home after a most wonderful stay. The Staff are exceptionally helpful and welcoming too many to mention individually and seem so happy to work there. The Food both for breakfast and Dinner surpassed any meals we have had and we do travel a lot. Compliments to Henry the Chef and Prop. and we will be back for sure.
This is the ideal base for touring Kerry.
Ireland (June, 2013)
I can hardly express in just a short paragraph how wonderful our experience was at the Smugglers Inn. First off, we got in extremely late. Being foreign, we had no concept of driving time and arrived just as the restaurant was closing. We felt horrible but were greeted with such warmth. After our unexpectedly long drive, we were hungry and ready for a yummy meal. We got way more than a yummy meal. My mom's oysters were the best she had ever had. My pasta was freshly made in house and was perfectly done. My son so enjoyed his meal, although I can't remember what he had. By the time we wrapped up our meal, it was dark. We had a restful sleep and dreamt of the view we would see the next morning. Which was beyond spectacular! Coming from FL, we were excited to walk on an Irish beach : Thank you again to the owners, staff, and chef for making our vacation a huge success!SSSSS
THE SMUGGLERS INN RESTAURANT
The Smugglers Inn Restaurant has achieved a Trip Advisor rating of 4.5 by its guests and therefore has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for the year 2012. With panoramic windows overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay and onto the surrounding mountains, the sun's rays flood into the room as guests settle down to breakfast and plan their day. Then, as the evening light changes and dusk approaches, the gentle glow of candlelight and the sounds of the sea, the dinner service commences. The menu tempts with internationally inspired cuisine that highlights the finest Irish ingredients carefully selected from small local purveyors.
Executive Chef and Proprietor Henry Hunt and his team have earned a devoted following for their seasonal menus. The dishes are inspired by Irelands changing seasons and offerings. The Smugglers Inn Restaurant philosophy is to create a menu that is not only exciting and innovative, but also sources the finest of sustainable seafood as well as grown ingredients which are locally sourced.
There is an abundance of regional produce on our doorstep such as fresh seafood & shellfish from Dalys, Cromane, local fishermen and organic vegetables from local suppliers all creating dishes full of flavour and aroma.
The Smugglers Inn is the perfect location for smaller wedding parties, which can cater up to 120 guests. Dining in the restaurant with its panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and garden overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay, its the perfect hideaway for your special occasion. We have a selection of menus and an extensive wine list to suit all budgets and have 14 guest bedrooms, which include 10 Standard Rooms and 4 Superior Rooms, to accommodate you and your guests overnight. For further details call or email us.
A LA CARTE STARTERS
Blood Orange Sorbet
Soup of the Day
Arborio Risotto Irish Button Mushrooms
Ballotine of Smugglers Chicken Liver Pate (Blas na hÉireann Gold Award 2012)
Gravelax of Organic Salmon
Dingle Bay Prawns in Kataifi Pastry
A LA CARTE MAIN COURSES
Grilled West Coast Salmon
Baked Dolus Head Cod
Pan Seared Ballinskelligs Black Sole
Ballinskelligs Bay Lobster - steamed or grilled
Oven Roasted Manor Farm Chicken Breast
Pan Roasted O'Connell's Farmyard Duck Breast
Coolcower Angus Sirloin
Sheahans Hereford Fillet
Menu of the Day/Early Bird, Vegetarian, Bistro Bar Menu & Children's Menus also available + Daily Specials
Recommended by Georgina Campbell & Taste of Ireland
Members of Good Food Ireland, BIM Seafood Circle & Restaurant Association of Ireland
Let us cater for your special occasion - Confirmation/Holy Communion, Christenings, Weddings, Birthdays and Anniversaries
Attractions & Events
Golfing in South West Kerry is really all about Waterville, which is a unique place for golf with a choice of 2 courses to play on. Rated in the top 5 in Ireland and in the top 20 Links courses in the world, the Waterville Golf Links Course, conveniently situated across from The Smugglers Inn, is very scenic and one of the longest in the world. In the past Tiger Woods, Mark O'Meara, Ernie Els and the late Payne Stewart regularly used this course prior to the British Open. On the other side of Waterville Village is the Skellig Bay Golf Course.
Fishing The Ring of Kerry is an Anglers paradise, and just one mile from The Smugglers Inn is Lough Currane, famous for its scenic beauty and for its stocks of salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Many specimen fish have been caught on the lake. Salmon fishing runs from January to September. Sea Trout fishing runs from March to October. On our doorstep is the Inny Strand - great for Bass fishing. Ghillies are available providing boats and engines.
Discover Skellig Michael, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 8 miles off the South Kerry coast, where 6th century monks built their monastery 200 metres above sea level on this wave lashed rock. On your way out look out for the seabirds that congregate on the Skelligs - puffins, gannets, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots and many more. If you're lucky you might even see dolphins or basking shark so don't forget your camera. Boats depart from Portmagee and Ballinskelligs each day (weather permitting). Booking advisable in high season and trips can be arranged for you.
Marine Education & Research
Marine Creature Feature workshops and Explore the Seashore events organised by local marine biologist Lucy Hunt MSc. If you or your children are interested in marine life and our coastline, this is a fun and exciting way to discover Irelands marine biodiversity! To find out more contact Lucy firstname.lastname@example.org or call +353 (0) 877850929.
Other attractions to enjoy in this area include horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing, hill walking, scuba diving and surfing (we have a room where you can dry your wetsuits and store your surf boards).
Ring of Kerry & Waterville Events - 2014
THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS : 17-21 APRIL
The Gathering of the Clans aims to celebrate the connections the Irish have all over the world and highlights Ireland's culture, sports, and heritage. South Kerry is an area steeped in tradition: Daniel O'Connell, the Trans-Atlantic cable and the Skelligs Rock to name just a few. You will have a chance to explore every facet of this historical backdrop whilst enjoying great traditional music and good old family fun.
WATERVILLE CHILDRENS FESTIVAL : 11 - 13 JULY The main emphasis of this festival will be on children's activities (face painting, bouncy castle, puppet show, kiddies disco) but plenty of fun for the whole family is guaranteed.
CAHERSIVEEN MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL : 01-03 AUGUST This annual celebration shows the very best of musicians, performers and street entertainers. Musicians and dancers come from all over the country for this event. The main attraction is the stage in the centre of town where great free open air concerts take place over the weekend. Entertainment for all the family - children's play area, bouncy castle and animal farms for the younger kids plus bar man's races, stilt walkers, busking, Guinness and Oysters, music sessions, fireworks and much more. You won't want to miss it.
CHARLIE CHAPLIN COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL : 21-24 AUGUST
The village of Waterville (the Kerry seaside village that Charlie Chaplin loved), with the patronage of Josephine Chaplin, along with other patrons, friends and local businesses, is holding this festival to honour the life and work of the master comedian and film maker whose legacy remains both relevant and influential to comedy today. This 4 day celebration is packed with events including film screenings, cultural talks and creative art workshops, live music, stand-up comedy, street entertainment, street market and Ireland's national circus - Fossett's Big Top. Guaranteed fun for all the family.
VALENTIA ISLE FESTIVAL : DATES TO BE CONFIRMED The Valentia Isle Festival is a music & mingling festival. Set on a breathtaking site overlooking the sea and coastline of South Kerry, the festival site takes on a bohemian feel with three main tents/stages, holistic and craft areas, art installations, bars, and plenty of delicious food offerings. Expect a cutting edge, eclectic line up of music throughout the day and late into the starry night. Irish and International bands (rock, pop, DJs, folk, trad, world music) will make their way to Valentia Island's magical setting to perform at one of the last parties of the festival season.
PORTMAGEE SEA SHANTY FESTIVAL : 03-05 OCTOBER The Portmagee Sea Shanty & Pirates Weekend promises a great weekend of music, pirates and all things nautical. Featuring performances by international sea shanty groups, informal bar sessions, a street parade of pirates and pipers along with activities for all the family. The festival is hosted by Captain Magee after whom the village was named. There will be activities for all the family on a nautical and smuggling theme (whatever the weather) - including kids treasure hunt, fancy dress parade, pirate ship rides, face painting etc. - and of course lots of music in the bars with outside sessions (weather permitting).
Directions: Situated on the famous Ring of Kerry, quiet location, 1 mile from the village of Waterville, on a 2 km sandy beach, this family run establishment is a haven for the golfer, fisherman, swimmer, horse-rider, walker and anyone who enjoys fine scenery.
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