Blueberry Hill Farm
Enjoy a fully guided family farm visit. Farming as it used to be. A unique family day out. You will experience farm life up close and enjoy the hands-on interaction. Hand milking, feeding and caring for animals, butter making, visit the greenhouse, collecting eggs, candle making, and much more. www.blueberryhillfarm.ie
Irish Fairy Trails
There are two magical fairy trails to be found in the south west of Ireland in County Kerry. One can be found in the wooded surrounds of Derrynane House and the other in Darryquin, part of the demesne of Parknasilla near Sneem on the Ring of Kerry. The magical fairy trails at Derrynane House and Parknasilla are located in areas of great history and beautiful scenery. Derrynane House is renowned for being the home of Daniel O’Connell, the Liberator. Many visitors to this historic landmark are not yet aware of another secret treasure within this very popular visitor attraction – a recently discovered fairy trail!The little fairy houses in Derrynane were only discovered in 2010. However, research has identified that this the woodland site has been inhabited by mystical creatures for thousands of years.
Through the ages, different materials have been used by the fairies to fabricate their dwellings, ranging from natural woodland and seashore sources to more modern contemporary materials, such as rubber from the Amazonian rain forest.So far, 21 miniature fairy houses have been discovered in the Derrynane woods. Many children are amazed that they had never actually seen these houses on previous visits to the gardens. This is really just because they never opened their eyes to this magical kingdom before.The fairy houses in Derryquin in Parkanasilla are probably the most recent ‘discovery’ for enthusiasts of Irish Fairy Folklore. The location of these miniature homes came to light as recently as January, 2012. Searching for the fairy homes on the Irish Fairy Trails is a great family fun adventure. On a rainy day and in the shelter of the woods makes this a memorable day out for all!
For more information or to download a map please visit www.irishfairytrails.com
The Strawberry Field - Pancake Cottage
Located on the Sneem to Molls Gap road and just a 15 minute drive from the Sneem Hotel is the biggest little treat in Kerry, The Strawberry Field Pancake Cottage offers delicious homemade savoury and sweet pancakes. There is an extensive mouthwatering Pancake Menu including a special Kids Menu making it impossible to choose ! The pancakes are made from a “secret” pancake recipe, using fresh local ingredients. Pancake Cottage has a cosy and cottage-style atmosphere, with all the modern facilities, such as under-floor heating and a fabulous wood burning stove for the colder winter-months. It’s a family-run business and the friendly staff want you to feel more than welcome! There is a spacious outdoor eating-area in the front-garden, with lovely valley-views and a safe playground for the younger visitors. With plenty of parking, The Pancake Cottage and Gift Shop is open seven days all year from 11am to 6pm and is a definite stop on every itinerary !
For more information or to view the menu visit www.pancakecottage.com
Lorge Chocolatier - Have Fun with Chocolate
Benoit Lorge, award winning chef, creates high quality chocolates for gourmet shops and high class hotels and restaurants. The chocolates are handmade in Bonane, just 5 Km from Kenmare on the Glengarriff road and are distributed nationally.
Working closely with the local community, Benoit now also runs a number of specialist courses for aspiring chocolate makers, teaching them the finer points of preparing, handling and finishing many different types of chocolate. His most popular event is the bi-monthly children’s workshop, although sometimes his greatest critics, all the children go home delighted by what they have experienced with plenty of stories to tell.
Children and Family Classes
This two hour course is designed to educate and entertain children from the age of 5. They will learn about the history, quality and manufacture of chocolate along with ample opportunity for hands on experience in making chocolate and of course sampling it !! Parents can either leave the children or join in the fun.
Prices from €12 per adult and €15 per child.
Advance booking required on 064 79994 or visit www.lorge.ie for more infomration.