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Burren Smokehouse & Taste the Atlantic – Salmon Experience (& Master Classes)

Lisdoonvarna, North Clare

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Immerse yourself in the Salmon Experience and follow in the footsteps of royalty!

During your visit to Clare, call into the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre located in Lisdoonvarna just off the Wild Atlantic Way and a short drive from the Cliffs of Moher. 

There are two different experiences

In the new “Taste the Atlantic – The Salmon Experience”, you can follow the iconic salmon through history. Watch the story of the Salmon of Knowledge unfold before your eyes, and unlock knowledge through the different interactive displays. Reel in the years and follow authentic news stories on salmon through the decades. Solve jigsaw and quiz questions. Suitable for school children and grown-ups alike.

After exploring the story of the Kind of Fish, sample the silky texture of the Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon in their Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and Delicatessen. Discover the mystery of salmon smoking and the secret of how smoked salmon is handcrafted by watching a short video in English, French, German, Italian, Swedish or Spanish.

In May 2019, the honour of a Swedish Royal visit was bestowed upon the Curtin family. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden came to the Burren Smokehouse to learn about artisan food production in the Burren and to taste their Burren Smoked Irish Organic Salmon.

And if you need a rest and a bite to eat after all these experiences, there is the gastro pub a bit further down the road, the Roadside Tavern with the Burren Brewery (making craft beers – counted among the best in Ireland by the Lonely Planet Global Beer Guide!). Right next to the pub is the airy Burren Storehouse with its offering of pizzas and more.

Book master classes and private guided tours:

Master Classes: you earn more about the smoking process and the world of salmon by booking a master class.

Meet the Maker Tours” – book an exclusive guided tour by a member of the Curtin Family through the production facility. Includes smoked salmon tasting platter and Burren Brewery beer at the Roadside Tavern.


  • Follow the Irish Salmon through history.
  • Interactive: Shadow play, quizzes and jigsaw puzzles.
  • Taste smoked salmon and find out how they smoke it.
  • Stock up on Irish delicacies.
  • Taste Burren Brewery craft beers and dine out at the nearby pub.
  • “Meet the Maker” VIP experiences.

Good To Know

Admission: Free to visit, with pay attractions inside.

Open months: Open year-round. 

Visit duration: 30 to 60 minutes.

Suitability for younger children: Moderately suited.

Cool for kids: Very cool for kids from school age onwards.

Rainy days: All indoor.

Assistance/guide dogs: permitted.

WiFi: Free WiFi on-site.

Toilet facilities.

Accessibility: Fully wheelchair-accessible and wheelchair-accessible toilets. 

Gift shop: The gift shop features Irish crafts, woodcraft, t-shirts, aprons, candles, and Irish foods like chocolates, jams, cheeses, chutneys, and of course, smoked salmon, mackerel and trout.

Dining/refreshments: Available just 150m down the road at the Roadside Tavern gastro-pub and the airy Burren Storehouse (pizzas, pasta, salads). Both locations offer hot beverages and craft beers, wine, and spirits.

Groups:  Groups of up to 45 people can be accommodated.

Parking: Free car and coach parking nearby.

Important Note: Details are subject to change. It is always advisable to check the opening dates, times and prices on their website or directly with them before visiting or booking. 

About Lisdoonvarna


Situated deep in the heart of the Burren is the spa town of Lisdoonvarna, famous for its rich heritage and matchmaking festival.