Foodie family destinations are a great way to make road trips more fun for everyone.
Most children don’t like long drives but if there’s the promise of delicious ice cream, pancakes or pizza… that’s a different story.
Here are five fab ones to plan in.
1. Strawberry Field
The Strawberry Field is pancake restaurant up past the Ballaghabeama Gap, sort of in the middle of nowhere.
That’s what makes it special… that and the amazing selection of delicious pancakes, stunning location and friendly service.
The drive up through the mountains is well worth it whether you want to make your (leisurely) way to Killarney or Kenmare. The road is quite windy so take your time and enjoy.
A firm favourite of ours summer and winter.
2. Valentia Ice Cream
Valentia Island Ice Cream is made, well… on Valentia Island.
Just outside the ‘factory’ there’s a small shop where you can sample their produce and a playground where the kids can ‘stretch their legs’.
It’s pretty basic but that’s what makes it special.
A great pit stop after a wander through the Skellig’s Experience or some time on the water at Knightstown.
3. The Oratory
The Oratory is a pizzeria set in a converted church in Cahersiveen.
The pizzas are simply delicious!
40 minutes from Caragh Lake House, it’s the ideal spot to stop off on the way home either from Valentia Island, Ballenskelligs or Derrynane.
We only discovered it the other day and are definitely planning to return.
4. Skelligs Chocolate Factory
It’s less ‘factory tour’ and more ‘sampling’ so don’t expect too much on the history of chocolate or craftmanship but more of a tasting experience, shop and little cafe to relax in.
A great pit stop if you’re doing the Ring of Kerry or en-route to Derrynane.
5. Murphy’s Ice Cream
Murphy’s Ice Cream in Dingle is well worth a visit.
The ice cream is a little pricey, but as an overall experience, it’s well worth it.