EcoTourism in the Burren

Burren Ecotourism Network Burren SmokehouseBurren Smokehouse is a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network and actively collaborates with other local businesses to promote sustainable travel to the Burren that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.


Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people” (The International Ecotourism Society TIES).  Ecotourism focuses on ecologically and socially responsible, nature-based tourism that fosters environmental appreciation and understanding while contributing to the local economy.

We are founder-members of the Burren Ecotourism Network. We are a group of tourism providers in the Burren Region who have worked together over an extended period to obtain independent ecotourism certification and to promote the Burren as a premier international ecotourism destination. We offer visitors opportunities to engage with the protected landscape of the Burren in a manner which is sustainable both in terms of the environment as well as the community.  Tourism businesses within the network are committed to local produce, conservation and the community, as well as to continuing high standards of sustainability, and offer a range of accredited, nature-based experiences.  Our shared vision is that providing genuine ecotourism travel experiences in the Burren will ensure the sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage.

When visiting us, you can expect to gain privileged insights and knowledge about the nature and culture of the Burren. You can also be assured that people involved in providing your holiday have adopted environmentally sustainable practices.

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  • You will have the opportunity to engage with a protected and most unique landscape in a way that is sustainable both for the environment and the local community.
  • You can be assured that the business and experience have met a defined environmental and ecotourism standard and has subjected itself to independent scrutiny and monitoring;
  • You can be satisfied that the experience is genuine and authentic.
  • You will gain a privileged and intimate insight into the nature and culture of the Burren, engaging directly with local people, local heritage and/or local culture;
  • The individual personalities you meet and their local knowledge guarantee a unique and authentic experience that is truly representative of the Burren way of life, culture and heritage.
  • Because Burren ecotourism providers collaborate with each other on a number of fronts, visitors can rely on excellent local knowledge of other options in the area and can avail of more than one ecotourism experience, even on one trip.
  • The environment benefits from active conservation activities e.g beach clean-ups, schools liaison, as well as the financial support and patronage of the ecotourism providers.
  • Sustainable travel to the Burren helps preserve the local economy and the ability of the community to live and thrive in the area


Learn about smoking salmon, a local and ancient food craft, in the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, experience our natural surroundings and learn about our local history with Peter Curtin who together with Birgitta Hedin-Curtin built the business.

This travel experience has been audited and assessed by Ecotourism Ireland, an independent certification organisation which promotes the development and maintenance of ecotourism quality standards with the aim of establishing Ireland as a world-class ecotourism destination.


Ecotourism Ireland is an organisation set up to stimulate the development of ecotourism in Ireland.  Its label is approved as the national ecotourism label and it acts as an independent certification and standards authority in Ireland.  Core to ecotourism and to the Ecotourism Ireland philosophy is the concept of environmental sustainability and the label has been developed in order to ensure that the environmental impacts of certified ecotourism products are minimised.  The label also encourages proactive nature conservation and the promotion of local cultural values, while at the same time developing local economies and the long term viability of ecotourism destinations.  The Ecotourism Ireland label helps you to find high quality experiences and guarantees a high quality of delivery of services - it reassures you that the holiday and travel experience is the genuine article.

BEN gold-for-webJPEG As members of the Burren Ecotourism Network, we subscribe to the Ecotourism Ireland philosophy.
Our environmental policy/ecotourism policy underpins all of our day-to-day activities and is a cornerstone of our business philosophy.
Following an independent audit and assessment of our environmental practices and policies, our Burren Smokehouse obtained Ecotourism Ireland Gold certification in 2011.

This certification assures you of the authenticity of this travel experience and the measures taken to minimise its environmental impact. You are also assured of two principles underlying all aspects of our business:
-  that steps have been taken to minimise the impact of our operations on the local nature and culture
-  that we are actively contributing to the conservation of our local biodiversity and cultural heritage.

As a visitor, you can expect to gain privileged insights and knowledge about the Burren.  You can also be assured that we have adopted environmentally sustainable practice and that we actively contribute to the conservation of our local biodiversity and cultural heritage.

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This is individual to each provider and was submitted as part of the initial certification. You can read our Environmental Policy here.
We have an Environmental Action Plan in place. We also have a dedicated Green Team consisting of members of staff and management.

You can download the Burren Ecotourism Network brochure here.


How to get to the Burren Smokehouse by public transport:

Travel around the Burren picComing from the south: Bus Eireann - regional service 350 Ennis to Galway:
starting from Ennis to Lisdoonvarna via Corofin, Ennistymon, the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin (daily service)

Coming from the north: Bus Eireann - regional service 350 Galway to Ennis:
starting from Galway to Lisdoonvarna, via Kilcolgan, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan and Fanore (daily service)

For more information, please go to Bus

Another way of getting to us is by Clare Bus.

For more information on getting to Lisdoonvarna and the Burren from outside Ireland, please visit the Burren EcoTourism website. There you will find among others a bus hire company as well as (electric) bike hire options.


Burren Ecotourism Network members

So, as we mentioned above, we are part of the Burren Ecotourism Network - and you can find all other members on the BEN website.