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Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre

Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre Kincora Road | Co. Clare, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
+353 65 707 4432
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Lovely staff great presentation of the steps in smoking their own salmon and even took some home... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2017
Dublin, Ireland
via mobile
worth checking out

We stumbled across this place, went inside and were offered salmon samples and watched a short... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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The Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre, Lisdoonvarna, was established in 1995, to create a window for the smokehouse’s own products and other local gourmet products and crafts. We offer a video for our visitors that shows how our salmon is being smoked, starting from filleting to dispatch. The audiovisual is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and English with Dutch subtitles. You can taste our salmon and also look into our very first kiln – now retired – with its smokebox that had a facility for 25 sides of salmon to be smoked.Apart from a painting done by the late Cyril O'Ceirin depicting how salmon was smoked in Ireland thousands of years ago, you will discover our unique mosaics telling the story of the ‘Salmon of Knowledge’.Our Visitor Centre has become a popular attraction in the North County Clare area and welcomes visitors from all over the world. It is open all year round, please check our website – click on ‘Visit us in Ireland’ – to see the opening hours.The centre can also cater for groups of up to 50 people – booking in advance is necessary. In our crafts and delicatessen shop you can conveniently cover all the presents that you will need to bring home with you.The Burren Smokehouse is a family-run business that was set up in 1989 by Birgitta & Peter Curtin. We carefully source our Irish quality raw materials for the Burren Smoked Salmon, Trout, Mackerel, and Cheese. We control our own quality standards with backup of regular testing from independent laboratories and regular checks from organisations who certify us. The Smokehouse currently employs a staff of fifteen, and ships within Ireland and to countries all over the world through our visitor centre and through our website.We are associated with Slow Food Ireland and help organise the annual Burren Slow Food Festival which takes place every May in Lisdoonvarna. We are also member of Good Food Ireland and the Burren Ecotourism Network. We are passionate about our local and Irish foods that you can buy in our gourmet shop. Our range includes: * Our own smoked organic salmon, smoked mackerel, trout; we only use fish caught or grown in Ireland * Irish craft products, gifts, beauty products and clothes * Delicacies like jams, chocolates, biscuits, fruit wine from County Clare, mead, seaweed products, seasonings, honeys * Locally produced dairy, goat and sheep cheese specialtiesFree parking available, as well as access and facilities for the disabled.We offer a world wide mail order service in our visitor centre - pick from our wide range of products and have it shipped to yourself or your friends and family as a souvenir from Ireland.Feel free to ask us any questions you may have, we will be happy to answer them for you.
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Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre Kincora Road | Co. Clare, Lisdoonvarna, Ireland
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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely staff great presentation of the steps in smoking their own salmon and even took some home for friends to try!

Thank itsHonest
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We stumbled across this place, went inside and were offered salmon samples and watched a short video about the smoking process. Salmon was amazing, and they have a lot of chocolates and gifts and the sort. Try the cold smoked!

Thank elcrawl
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Peter Clarke of Brack Tours arranged for us to visit Burren Smoke House. A very informative short video was shown along with a delightful warm presenter. Samples of various hot and cold smoked salmon were passed around. Very Yummy!

Thank Lorie R
Reviewed 8 September 2017

I really enjoyed the presentation and taste of the salmon. Through the video and personal presentation you can see the love and energy put into the Smokehouse. I also got lucky enough to meet Špela who comes from my country so she made a special...More

Thank FerleK
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

This was not the only smoke house we tried but was the best. Not only friendly and well set out, but also great value for money.we will be ordering for Christmas !

Thank Glyn O
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Stopped by on a whim as we passed through; video was interesting and samples delicious! Bought some for lunch tomorrow and sent some to the in-laws as a thank you for keeping the dog!

Thank DKG80
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

I got the opportunity to taste many of the products they had to offer. The products they have to offer taste exceptional. Truly is something different. Worth every penny. They also sell lots of Irish products from all over. They also have their first ever...More

Thank May W
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Came on Monday for a visit as passing by. Enjoyed the short video and the free samples. Staff helpful and friendly. We enjoyed our salmon we purchased today with crackers for lunch!!

Thank Charlotte M
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Visited here on Sunday of August bank holiday weekend. Had visited Bunratty Castle, Ailwee Caves, Birds of Prey centre and camped at Nagles, Doolin. All fantastic experiences and our 2 boys were free at Bunratty & Ailwee...both under 6. Visited the smokehouse on the return...More

Thank PatDonnellan1
BurrenSmokehouse, Public Relations Manager at Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2017

Dear Pat, Thank you for the time you took to give your opinion about your visit of the Burren Smokehouse visitor centre. We regret that you did not express your disappointment with us on the spot but chose to make it known well after the...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

After a little chaotic start on arrival , the video, Q&A session and tasting session on different kinds of smoked salmon was most interesting, well delivered and good value for money.After the premises expansion is complete, I'm sure this Swedish-Irish venture will become a five...More

Thank jjk24
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