This was our factory when we opened in 1996, we had two little production rooms, one for making our delicious chocolate and the other for packaging. This was a big move from the kitchen table to our first ‘proper’ factory. We started with a staff of 4, one chocolate wheel machine and a passion for chocolate making that is still evident today.
From the start we were amazed at how people found us in such a remote location and in May 2010 we extended the factory to deal with increased demand from shops and visitors. But then…
Just as our newly extended factory was working to full capacity to prepare for the busy 2010 Christmas season, devastation hit and the factory was burned to the ground. We were very lucky that no one was hurt. We received so much support from family, friends and customers that we knew we could not be beaten by this and in February 2011 we set up a temporary production facility in nearby Cahersiveen. While here, we all really began to value what we had once taken for granted, our spectacular location. You won’t find the words ‘industrial’ or ‘estate’ in our address – just look out the window…
It was a long tough year of planning permissions, builders and plenty of hard work but we returned here to the ‘home’ of Skelligs Chocolate within a week of the 1st year’s anniversary of the fire.
Our aim was to make this factory as pleasant to visit as it is to work in. We are constantly trying to improve the visitor experience. We want to make your visit the best it can be for you. If you have any ideas or feedback please do not hesitate to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
So, welcome to Skelligs Chocolate, a rare gem in probably one of the most unusual and beautiful locations for a chocolate factory.
We hope you enjoy your time here, taste some of our award-winning creations and leave with a smile…
The initial premises were approximately 1,200 sq feet. Then the new one extended to 6,500 sq feet nd in 2019 we added an extension to bring the total size to 10,000 sq. feet.
We get tourists from Ireland, the UK, Mainland Europe, the U.S. & Canada and to a lesser extent South African, Australian etc. We were nominated by Failte Ireland as one of ’50 secret destinations of the Wild Atlantic Way’. We are in the heart of the kerry dark skies, the only Gold tier location in the northern hemisphere.
Here at Skelligs Chocolate we have a philosophy of keeping it simple and making sure everyone has the best possible chocolate experience possible both here in the factory and through our retail partners.
We are an actual working chocolate factory with the only ‘open plan’ chocolate production facility in Ireland and we welcome visitors from February through to December. We take a little rest in January.