Butler Arms Hotel

Killarney, Ireland

Butler Arms Hotel

One of Ireland’s best known family-run hotels, the Butler Arms has been run by four generations of Huggards since 1915. Treasured for its homely intimate atmosphere and with 36 elegantly decorated guest rooms, you can expect the warmest of Irish welcomes when staying at the Butler Arms. It also boasts an award-winning restaurant in the Chaplin Sun Lounge and a very popular Fisherman’s Bar with both visitors and locals alike.

Golf Courses

Ireland’s southwest is blessed with some of the best links golf courses in the world, with Waterville being one of them and literally 1 mile from the hotel. Tralee is 1hr 40mins north and Ballybunion closer to 2hrs away. The lesser-known Dooks is under an hour away.


All 36 guest rooms at the Butler Arms Hotel overlook the Atlantic Ocean and are beautifully appointed with optimum comfort in mind. Majority of rooms are Atlantic View Classics, with larger Garden View and Atlantic View Executive rooms also available.

Restaurant & Bars

The visits of Charlie Chaplin and his family to the Butler Arms in the 1950s and 60s has left an indelible mark. Charlie’s Restaurant specialises in local seafood complemented by an excellent wine list, and the Chaplin Lounge (Conservatory) is like a private dining area in a relaxed seafront room with spectacular views over Ballinskelligs Bay.

Pictures of the famous silent-movie actor adorn the walls. Also onsite is the traditional Fisherman’s Public Bar and newly opened Fisherman’s Store, which operates as a coffee shop and artisan store.


Situated on the seafront in Waterville Village with beautiful views of Ballinskelligs Bay, the Butler Arms Hotel is just over a mile from Waterville Golf Links on Ireland’s majestic southwest coast. Best international access is via either Cork or Shannon airports which are 2.5-3hrs away. The famous town of Killarney is an hour away.

On Site Activities

Golf is the main draw here with Waterville Links so close to the hotel. However, Waterville’s Lough Currane is world-renowned for Salmon and Sea Trout fishing, and the incredible surrounding scenery is perfect for walks and cycling. Horse riding and surfing are also options along with a day exploring the Skellig Ring.

Golf courses near to Butler Arms Hotel

Killeen Course
at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club

The Killeen is the newest of the courses at Killarney Golf Club and is a challenging parkland layout with water coming into play on most of the holes due to the picturesque lakeside setting.

Old Course
at Ballybunion Golf Club

Without doubt one of the world’s ultimate links courses. The Old Course at Ballybunion is a thrilling round, truly testing whilst situated on one of the most incredible pieces of links land.

Dooks Golf Course
at Dooks Golf Club

As natural a links course as you will find in Ireland but one that does not always get the attention of some of its neighbors. Dooks Golf Club truly is a ‘hidden gem’, and well worth visiting.

Tralee Golf Course
at Tralee Golf Club

Tralee Golf Club is a superb links course in Southwest Ireland in the coastal town of Tralee. Laid out with magnificent ocean views Tralee offers so much, giving golfers a truly memorable experience.

Waterville Golf Course
at Waterville Golf Links

A regular fixture in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World, Waterville Golf Links is one of the best courses in Ireland and about as pure as links golf gets.

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