While we know many of the 11,000 fundraising cyclists that will be visiting our beautiful country in July to cycle in our annual charity event will be in the zone and looking to finish the cycle in the best time, we know many will be cycling at a more leisurely pace. Those people will find the below list useful.
Here are nine cafés perfect for a pitstop along the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle route…
1. Jack’s Bakery, Lower Bridge Street, Killorglin
This artisan bakery and delicatessen is where you will find a host of mouth-watering Irish and continental treats. Think breads, cakes, quiches and buns, all baked fresh throughout the day. Their eclairs, which admittedly might not be the ideal treat in the middle of the cycle, are famous throughout the county.
2. Café Vespa, Mountain Stage, Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry
Those who have cycled the Ring of Kerry before will know this well-known café which is particularly distinctive due to its bright pink façade. The perfect pitstop after a particularly challenging climb.
3. Pat’s Craft Shop, Kells Post Office, Cahersiveen
This place is a craft shop, restaurant, food store, petrol station and post office all in one! Granted, you might not need the petrol, but if you want to send a postcard while on the cycle, grab a quick coffee or just some water and fruit, this is the place for you.You’ll also enjoy the stunning 180-degree view of Dingle Bay
4. Petit Delice, Main St, Caherciveen
Petit Delice is a family run patisserie and boulangerie which has been delivering the Ring of Kerry its authentic French flavour since 2008. From the croissant to brioche, here you’ll find what you’d expect to come across in an authentic French patisserie.
5. Peter’s Place, Lower Main St, Waterville
Peter’s Place offers classical music, quirky vintage china and unique artwork on the walls. On top of that you’ll find delicious brownies, coffee and a beautiful sea view. If you get the chance try to have a chat with Peter himself – a true Kerry personality.
6. O’Carrolls Cove, Caherdaniel
Boasting breathtaking views of Kenmare Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, O’Carroll’s Cove is the only beach side restaurant and bar in Ireland. Established by the O’Carroll Family in 1984, homemade scones, cakes, whipped ice cream cones and slushies with a variety of flavours available. If you’re staying in The Kingdom before/after the cycle and you like seafood, it’s worth a visit also. O’Carroll’s is easy to miss though – make sure to check out their website so you know their exact location.
7. Kelly’s Bakery, North Square, Sneem
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you think you’ll have one after cylcing from Kilarney to Sneem for a bit of a sugar rush? Then Kelly’s Bakery in Sneem is for you. They’re famed for their Strawberry and Rhubarb Pie, while muffins and other sweet niceties are always available.
8.Annie’s Homemade Ice-Cream and Café, North Square, Sneem
Found just before the aforementioned bakery, this extremely cute independently owned ice cream shop feels like a doll’s house. Choose from 15 flavours including honeycomb, raspberry sorbet and orange chocolate. They do great coffee too.
9. Avoca, Moll’s Gap, Kenmare
Ireland’s Avoca stores are famous, with branches located in Wicklow, Dublin City Centre and Malahide. Their most spectacular branch is in Moll’s Gap just before you hit Kenmare on the final stretch of the cycle route. If you’ve visited one before you’ll know what to expect – a range of extremely fresh salads, buns and more.