5 Foods to try out on the Wild Atlantic Way
Posted by Andrea Hetzer on the 4th of June 2014 at 15:29:40
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The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest coastal drives worldwide waiting to be explored. But naturally you can’t go on an expedition to find all the beautiful spots with an empty stomach. That’s why we picked our top 5 options to fill your stomach and this time we had a really hard time to choose between so many great shops and restaurants. But here they are, so dig in!
Murphys Ice-Cream, County Kerry
Can the best ice-cream of Ireland and maybe even the World really be found in the scenic little town of Dingle
, County Kerry? It indeed can and till you try it yourself in one of the three shops in Dingle, Killarney or Dublin you have to take my word for it. It is incredible tasty and the flavours they have are simply amazing. Being absolutely dedicated to creating the most wonderful ice-cream the Murphy’s brothers are using only organic and locally sourced ingredients. They even make their own sea salt for their icy treats. Talk about being devoted to the cause. Nicely enough the award winning business is handing out the recipes for their ice-cream so that you can try to make it by yourself.
Starting as just a small pub in 1989 which evolved into a visitor centre in 1995 the Burren
Smokehouse has quickly become a popular attraction in County Clare. Selling their own famous smoked salmon in addition to other gourmet products and crafts the Burren Smokehouse is truly established in their field with over 30.000 guests visiting from all over the world each year. At the renowned Burren Smokehouse you can not only sample their mouth-watering products but also learn more about the smoking process and the locally sourced ingredients used. In addition this informative place is home to beautiful mosaics which pay tribute to the legend of the Salmon of Knowledge. You should definitely have a look at them and also browse their craft and gourmet sections for unique souvenirs. Moreover the Burren Smokehouse offers a nearly worldwide mail order service. Perfect if you don’t want to smuggle their tasty specialities through customs yourself ;)
Durrus Cheese, County Cork
The small upland valley of Coomkeen on the Sheep Head’s Peninsula
is the birthplace and home of an international award-winning cheese, the Durrus Farmhouse Cheese. First produced as an experiment in 1979 artisanal cheese maker Jeffa Gill has long since perfected the art of making this unique raw milk cheese. Having an agreement with two local farmers the milk for this semi-soft cheese is of top-quality year round to ensure the renowned quality. The Durrus Farmhouse Cheese has won awards and medals throughout the world and what better place to try it than at the small diary it is made? The Farmhouse is open to the public and you can buy the delicious cheese here directly and watch the process of it being made through a viewing panel. Phone ahead though to avoid disappointment as the process cannot be seen at every time.
Lorge Chocolatier, County Kerry
Lorge Chocolatiers is the place to go if you have a sweet tooth and are along the Wild Atlantic Way
. Located in a former post office this charming little shop will certainly win you over. Nestled along the scenic Glengarrif Road close to Kenmare
it is no surprise that French chef Benoit Lorge claims that his works are inspired by the beautiful scenery. A wide variety of pralines, chocolate bars, bonbons and everything else you could desire will be prepared right before your eyes, so try them out! For the more adventures folks they are also selling exotic flavours like Rum Butter and Paprika. Tours are offered to teach you more about the sweet treat and give you an impression of the work of a chocolatier. Courses can also be arranged for people interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of the matter and trying to create their own pralines.
Killary Harbour Mussels, County Galway
is Ireland’s only fjord and boast some of the most spectacular sceneries in Ireland with a stunning mixture of theConnemara
Mountains and the Atlantic Sea. But there is more than meets the eye at this scenic spot, although it is indeed an amazing view, with the many mussel farms that are home here and which are claimed to produce the best mussels in Ireland. Killary Harbour provides excellent conditions for growing rope mussels and some crafty people found that out in the 1980’s. Since then Killary Harbour Mussels have become world-famous for their distinctive sweet flavour, resulting from the mix of fresh and salt water that you can find in the fjord. Once a year there is even a festival for it, the Connemara Mussel Festival in Tullycross!
Hopefully this selection didn’t make you too hungry. We are also not taking any responsibility if you are gaining a few pounds when touring Ireland's west ;)
If you want to see more of the amazing Route and discover more spots like this have a look at our special Wild Atlantic Way Tours that all feature this great drive. Get in touch with us today and let us help you book your unforgettable vacation.