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Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre

Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre Kincora Road | Co. Clare, Lisdoonvarna V95 HD70, Ireland
+353 65 707 4432
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Excellent service here and “Tony” gave us a great warm welcome as we browsed about and watched the... read more

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Merc350sl
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Clare Island, Ireland
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Fun, quick and educational. The smoked salmon is yummy! There is a quick video explaining the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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 V95 HD70, Ireland
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+353 65 707 4432
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Reviewed today via mobile

Excellent service here and “Tony” gave us a great warm welcome as we browsed about and watched the video on how they prepare the world famous Smoked Salmon. Well worth the visit and will call again.

Thank Merc350sl
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fun, quick and educational. The smoked salmon is yummy! There is a quick video explaining the process, then there is a tasting of the different types of smoked salmon.

Thank TSDawson
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't comment on the "visitor centre" experience, however the shop is beautiful and the salmon is superb. We were allowed several tastings before we decided on the one to buy.

Thank The_Baptist
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the smokehouse;picked up some wedges of cheese;as well as chutney and duck pate.the place has been done over recently and now has assorted jams,crackers,as well as good selection of 5 different cheese to sample as you browse the shop.

Thank billkid00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on the way to Cliffs of Mohr. It’s called a ‘visitor center’, but it’s really just a retail shop that shows a 7 min video on how they smoke salmon. The good news is that after you watch the video you get to...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018

To learn how they smoke salmon here is very interesting. A 7-minute video tells it all about the history, followed by tastings, where you can then purchase the smoked goods and many other items, to take home. Tony had great knowledge about the goods as...More

Thank Christy_Luv2
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

We stopped by to purchase some of the amazing smoked salmon we had read about and were delighted by the welcome of the staff. The explanation of the differences in the smoked processes was enlightening as we were only previously aware of the Scandinavian method....More

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

We were staying for 4 nights at the Imperial Hotel in Lisdoonvarna being on a David Urquhart coach trip from Central Scotland. There really isn't much to do in the village but we did visit the Smokehouser Visitor Centre. There are a lot of their...More

Thank Brucestewart
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Called in on off chance . No information on ‘tour or sampling’ available, no welcome.Sat at back of a talk, realised not for us, moved to shop area and told private party was *happening ( for 6 people) . Left without any information or salmon,!More

Thank Wendy S
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BurrenSmokehouse, Public Relations Manager at Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Dear Wendy S, Thank you for your time, for letting us know what you felt was not going right with your visit of the Burren Smokehouse. I talked to my colleague who had been there at the time of your visit, and he explained to...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

There is an informative video followed by a small tasting of some delicious salmon. We bought some to bring back to the states (if it lasts through the drive back to the airport). We had a full meal of it at the Roadside Tavern down...More

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