This was an unexpected gem of a place on our way back to the Ring of Kerry after a detour to Valentia island. We only knew about it because the woman at the Valentia tourist bureau recommended it to us ... and we were very glad she did!
The clean modern building is not what you'd expect to see this far from "civilization", but it's a great place to stop ... you won't be disappointed. (Note: the main car park is on the left side of the building, and may not be visible from the road ... there are more spaces out front, but if it's not busy these could be empty, and it might appear that they're not open ... don't pass it by without driving in)
When we visited, there were only a few other people there, but you can see the chocolate making process from the visitor's area. They also offer a chocolate tasting ... one of the team members called us over and asked if we wanted a taste (who wouldn't?). Anyway, we expected maybe one small piece of chocolate to taste, but she set us up with at least a 1/2 dozen tastes, in an order designed to show you the nuances of the various varieties ... something like a wine tasting (but better). It was possibly the best chocolate I'd ever tasted!
Of course, they want to sell you chocolate, but there was absolutely no pressure, and the woman we dealt with couldn't have been nicer! We did buy a couple of small bags (it was tempting to buy more, but we resisted), and they were excellent! Smooth, great quality, delicious chocolate.
It's probably best that Skellig Chocolates is so remote, because one would be temped to visit every day (to the detriment of their weight) :)
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