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
CLOSED FOR WINTER. RE-OPEN SATURDAY 1ST APRIL 2017. HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Cancellation before arrival date - Confirmed Bookings
* More than 21 days before arrival - No obligation or Full Refund
* 4 to 21 days before arrival - 10% Cancellation Fee
* 2 to 4 days before arrival - 20% Cancellation Fee
* Less than 2 Days before arrival - Cancellation Fee = Room Cost of First Nights Stay
Cancellation before arrival date - Prepaid Special Offers
* As Above
Cancellation - Prepaid Last Minute Deals
* No Refunds on Last Minute Deals
We had been there three years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
This time was no exception. The location, with the view and the sound of the sea on the rocks, is idyllic. There were four of us two Irish, one American and one English - two with special birthdays. When confirming the booking I mentioned the birthdays and asked if they could make our first dinner night special. The staff certainly did. They hoodwinked my friends by asking the guys on the table next to us to sing happy birthday, and my friends thought someone else is celebrating a birthday. Until the waitresses came over with our deserts and a lit candle in two of them!!!
I highly recommend the Smugglers Inn for so many reasons, the location, the friendly obliging staff and the delicious meals.SSSSS
Mary Mcentee -
Ireland (July, 2016)
So glad we booked the large room with the closed in sitting area as we had awesome views of the coast line and sunsets! Weather just happened to be fantastic for golf and exploring the sandy beach. Dinner and breakfast at the inn were very good. Also lunched at the golf club house and second dinner in town. A 15 minute walk down road into town not bad a good stretch of the legs. Really there to relax and enjoy the view. Staff very accommodating and friendly. Room and bath very large. Nice quiet evenings.SSSSS
Gabriella Kleboth -
Switzerland (October, 2015)
This is a truly wonderful place to stay. I have stayed before more recently last month and will definitely be returning. The staff, service, food and overall welcoming atmosphere is a joy to experience. A big thanks to Lucille, Anna, Sarah, Sue and the rest of the staff for giving us another memorable weekend.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
Celeriac & Apple Veloute
Baby Beets, St Tola Goats Cheese Mousse, Air Dried Cherry Tomatoes, Brioche Crisp, Rocket, Soy & Sesame
Saffron Rissotto, Mussels, Squash, Spinach, Cream & Parmesan
Coriander & Whiskey Cured Clair Island Salmon Gravelax, Compressed Cucumber, Chive, Hazelnut Tuille & Micro Sorrel
Potted Smugglers Chicken Liver Pate, Candied Orange, Cumberland & Melba Toast
Fried Dingle Bay Prawns Kataifi, Pepper Chilli Jam & Lemon Mayo
A LA CARTE MAIN COURSES
Plaice, herb crumb quinotto, leek velouté
Monkfish, chickpea chorizo, smoked bell pepper & cauliflower puree
Black sole, nut brown butter, caper berries & lemon
Lobster, grilled or steamed, pernod shellfish sauce & garlic drawn butter
Chicken breast, banana shallot, green puy lentil & natural juice
Duck breast, honey glaze carrot pulp & spiced juices
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. Waterville Golf Links - rated Best Golf Course in Ireland in 2014 - is 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 daily from Portmagee and Ballinskelligs (weather permitting). Booking advisable in high season and trips can be arranged for you.
Sea Synergy – Marine Awareness & Activity Centre
Discover what lies beneath the Wild Atlantic Way and learn about Ireland’s marine biodiversity. Marine exhibit with live animals, touch pools, workshops, presentations, explore the seashore with guided coastal walks and much more. If you or your children are interested in marine life and our coastline, this is a fun and exciting way to discover Ireland’s marine biodiversity! To find out more contact local marine biologist Lucy Hunt MSc – email: email@example.com or tel: +353 (0)87 7850929.
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 - 2015
THE GATHERING OF THE CLANS : 2-6 APRIL (Ballinskelligs, Cahersiveen & Valentia Island)
The Gathering of the Clans, now in its 3rd year, is a chance to witness and experience some good old Irish culture, music, craic and sports. The festival aims to celebrate the proud heritage Irish people have by showcasing the natural and cultural heritage of the South Kerry region. It gives the opportunity for people from far and near to bond with their clans and friends old and new. South Kerry is an area steeped in tradition with a proud heritage and visitors will have a chance to explore every facet of this historical backdrop whilst enjoying great traditional music and good old family fun.
There will be a host of events taking place around South Kerry area with the main event being the Battle of the Clans sporting event. Individuals will play on teams underneath the one family name with the resultant winners being crowned the Clan Champions. This event includes Gaelic football, traditional 4-oar rowing, golf, sheaf throwing, 5K clan relay, the drag hunt, and the new 'Battlefield'! See event website for more details.
VALENTIA ISLE FESTIVAL: 10 – 12 JULY Come to the Valentia Isle Festival – where ocean, landscape and people merge in a symphony of natural beauty and shared magical experiences. For more information see www.valentiaislefestival.com
VALENTIA ISLAND KING SCALLOP FESTIVAL: 11 – 12 JULY The Valentia Island Kind Scallop Festival, now in its 6th year, promises visitors scrumptious food in beautiful secluded scenery.
Entertainment will include live music, busking, fishing and sports competitions. A number of family oriented events will take place such as face painting, scallop-shell painting and a kid's duathlon. Of course, there will be plenty of stalls offering freshly cooked scallops for you to sample and the highlight of the festival is the crowing of Mr King Scallop 2015. This competition aims to find the most talented scallop chef in Valentia and the winner is crowned on the Sunday evening.
WATERVILLE CHILDRENS FESTIVAL: 10 - 12 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: 31 JULY – 02 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 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: 20 - 23 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.
Directions: Situated on the famous Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way in 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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