1. Cois Cuain, Portmagee
Tel: 066 947 7108
Cois Cuain, meaning “beside the harbour”, offers its customers the chance to find something a little bit different in a spacious, relaxing environment. Foodie offerings include home-made brown bread, jams, marmalades.
2. Skellig Mist, Portmagee
Tel: 066 947 7250
Skellig Mist is run by the first female pastry chef in Ireland and offers a range of home-baking for eating in or take out. Specialising in custom made cakes for weddings birthdays etc.
At St Finian’s Bay – down at the shoreline where the monks embarked en route for Skellig Michael – a very earthly pleasure awaits: a cup of hot chocolate at Europe’s most westerly chocolate factory. While surf crashes onto the tiny beach outside, you are enveloped in the warm smells of chocolate-making, inside ebullient Colm Healy’s family-run Skelligs Chocolate factory, at the edge of the world. Heavenly
4. Ballinskelligs Duck / O’Connell’s Poultry Farm
Tel: 087 741 5790
Recent recipients of a coveted Bridgestone Best in Ireland 2012 award, Ballinskelligs Duck/O’Connell’s Poultry Farm are achieving national and local recognition for their free-range Kerry Ducks. Coupled with this new award, their free range Duck Eggs, marketed under the ‘Uibheacha an Ghóílín’ brand ( in a distinctive pink box with a black and white label), are being stocked in many food stores throughout the county.
5. Skelligs Pantry
Tel: 087 2783585
Speciality of the Pantry is the ‘Skellig Chicken Liver Pâté’ – a wholesome and delicious pâté containing a nutritious mix of chicken livers, cream, garlic, onions, brandy, port and parsley – all carefully blended to a smooth pate, pleasing to the most discerning of tastes.
6. Daly’s Seafood
Tel: 066 9472082
Daly’s Seafoods specialise in Smoked Salmon, Fresh Fish and Shellfish.
Visit their factory at Kimego, Caherciveen for their delicious smoked salmon or mouth-watering barbecued salmon.
Joe and Caroline Daly spread happiness in the beautiful part of the world that is Valentia Island, Co Kerry – as if you needed more than the stunning scenery of this little corner of Ireland to make you feel good. But when you sit on the terrace here, gazing out over green fields and the sea view, eating homemade ice cream produced from the milk of the Daly’s pedigree herd of Fresians, it’s hard to imagine feeling better. This is happiness in a double whammy cornet full!