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Smugglers Rooms Renovation 2021

Smugglers Inn is currently renovating 15 of its rooms for season 2021. We hope to be back with a fresh new look to our 15 ensuite bedrooms. We have a highly renowned designer involved and we will also be appearing on the show "Room to Improve" with the Brennan Brothers on RTE. Why not stay with us and have a look on your 2021 staycation! We all certainly cannot wait till all these restrictions a over us all and we can welcome you all back to Smugglers Inn!

A smugglers tale

Sitting on the edge of the Kerry coastline along 2km of beautiful sandy beaches sits The Smugglers Inn. Originally a 200 year old restored farmhouse, The Smugglers offers its guests accommodation, gourmet restaurant and the famous Stewart Payne Bar; not to mention being a stone throws away from the world famous Waterville golf course.


gourmet restaurant

Enjoy the finest seafood overlooking Ballinskellig Bay beach
 in this long-running, family-owned restaurant

payne stewert bar

payne stewart bar

Across from the Waterville Golf Links is the famous Payne Stewart Bar where you can enjoy the finest surf and turf after a great days golf


Golf Packages

Adjacent to the world class Waterville golf course, The Smugglers Inn offers the ultimate Irish golfing experience of fine food, great whiskey and to top it all - A 1 minute walk to the first tee.

magical Marquees

At The Smugglers Inn we know what makes a marquee wedding day special. If you dream of an Irish marquee wedding by the beach than make it a Smugglers wedding day.

Things to do

Learn more about local events, upcoming festivals, things to do, local tourist attractions such as Skellig Islands or local world class golf courses such as Waterville Golf Links and Hogs Heads.

star wars

I am your father

The Skelligs scenes from the most recent Star Wars film Episode VII "The Force Awakens" were filmed at the islands in 2014. The Skelligs features prominently at the end of the movie where the audience is reintroduced to Star Wars' original hero Luke Skywalker.

which room is for you?

With 13 rooms the Smugglers Inn Guest House offers its guests an intimate, cozy and relaxed setting in which to enjoy stunning 360° views of the rugged and beautiful Kerry landscape.


meet our chef

Enjoy exquisite meals by Michelin trained chef Henry Hunt. Growing up in the now 200 year old restored farmhouse Henry was raised with a strong respect for quality and tradition.


Learn more about local events, upcoming festivals, things to do, local tourist attractions such as Skellig Islands or local world class golf courses such as Waterville Golf Links and Hogs Heads

a Smugglers meal

Henry Hunt and his team have earned a devoted following for their seasonal menus. The dishes are inspired by Ireland’s 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 Daly’s, Cromane, local fishermen and organic vegetables from local suppliers all creating dishes full of flavour and aroma.

chef henry hunt
henry hunt best chef waterville

Google Reviews from Customers

Food is out of this world. Bit dear but worth it. Location is amazing if the one far from any civilization is desired. Rooms are ok but with ocean view.
Piotr Grygorczuk
Piotr Grygorczuk
19:33 08 Jul 20
Absolutely wonderful evening here with my lovely family celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, thank you so much, everything was spot on. X
Lucy Appleby
Lucy Appleby
20:50 19 Sep 19
Fantastic food and staff, easily our favourite place to eat in Waterville. Very reasonable prices and generous portions.
Andrew Macrobie
Andrew Macrobie
20:49 17 Aug 19
The staff here are absolutely amazing. So friendly and helpful. Nothing is a problem. The rooms are spotlessly clean and the beds are heaven, so comfortable ! The food is unbelievable, absolutely top notch. Delicious! A credit to the chef. Breakfast is great with a fantastic choice. I booked in for one night but ended up staying for three 😁 I would love to stay here again. Give this place a try!! Even if you just want a beautiful meal.Thank-you so much to everyone at the smugglers Inn!
Denise Kilmartin
Denise Kilmartin
11:52 15 Aug 19
The food was delicious and the views from the restaurant we're great. Large portions on the fish and chips. The Irish coffee was strong and a great way to warm up on a cold/wet day.
Paul Mueller
Paul Mueller
15:03 06 Aug 19
Incredible food and impeccable service. The panacotta was to die for!
Anne Howard
Anne Howard
19:25 24 Jun 19
Seen the smugglers Inn on the internet and myself and my wife decided to try it for ameal as the reviews were good. I have to say the reviews were right we just had a fantastic meal here. The food was as spectacular as the view. The staff were very pleasant, attentive and very accomodating. They could not do enough for us. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and the atmosphere is very relaxed. My wife and I will definitely be back.
James Kinsella
James Kinsella
22:01 21 Jun 19
We came here with my girlfriend a bit late and they were no longer serving food.The staff was so nice they called on our behalf another restaurant to check if it was still open. And when we told them we were on foot, the waitress offered me to drive us to the other restaurant, so that we were not too late.And they were the first people we met in this town while visiting the ring of Kerry.Their kindness honors Ireland and all it's population. It really warmed our heart, and we hope the best for them.
Dany Yassine
Dany Yassine
22:58 31 May 19
Lovely food. Fabulous setting. Reasonably priced. Very attentive staff. Lovely atmosphere
Crotty P
Crotty P
12:49 04 May 19
Was greeted with friendly atmosphere. Enjoyed beers then stayed for supper. Amazingly food. Very helpful staff and got some local tips for entertainment later. All of our meals left with empty plates. And finished a great bottle of wine. Thanks Charlie and staff. Cheers!
jeromy bowman
jeromy bowman
09:12 29 Apr 19
Love our stay in the Smugglers inn April 2019. Picture taken in restaurant.
Avril Bradley
Avril Bradley
19:49 22 Apr 19
Amazing hospitality, fantastic professional staff, delicious food.
Glen Baker
Glen Baker
11:06 14 Apr 19
My husband and I ate at The Smuggler's Inn restaurant in September 2018. We got there right as it was closing (we didn't realize), and after asking if there was anything at all simple and quick that we could order because we had traveled in from the US & drove all the way from Dublin Airport and were starving, we were told to come on in & have a seat while our server talked with the chef. The chef, Henry, had already shut down and cleaned the kitchen, but reopened it just to serve us a meal... whatever we wanted on the menu. Brenda, our server, was such a lovely, pleasant, hard-working woman, and the food here was top notch!! Between the food & hospitality of Brenda & Henry, I cannot say enough good about this place. We will return to Waterville one day just to eat at this restaurant again!! Highly highly recommend!!
Brenda Drummond
Brenda Drummond
16:10 12 Nov 18
Great food, very friendly service!!!
Victor Valcoff
Victor Valcoff
17:26 11 Oct 18
Nice restaurant very very friendly service, good food and great view at the Atlantic!
Andreas Kleber
Andreas Kleber
07:41 23 Sep 18
Amazing Seafood Restaurant with beautiful views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Peter Wortmann
Peter Wortmann
15:18 01 Sep 18
Fab meal with family! Everything was delicious. Beef and cod fab. Kids menu very nice. Views were unreal
Mike Guiney
Mike Guiney
16:43 10 Aug 18
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Cliff Road, Waterville,

Co. Kerry, V23 CY99
Call +353 (0)66 9474330 or
    +353 (0)87 3929011.              
Email: info@smugglersinn.ie

The Smugglers Inn beachfront Hotel is located on Cliff Road, Waterville, Co.Kerry. Built in 1779. the restored farm house spans 5 generations of food, quality and Irish tradition.

smugglers cafe

Smugglers cafe
If visiting Portmagee on your visit to Co.Kerry, don't forget to pop into our sister - "The Smugglers Cafe" for the best coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch in Portmagee. Learn More

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