Walk on the Burren Food Trail

Eva Hegarty-Burren Free Range Pork, Birgitta Hedin Curtin-Burren Smokehouse, Jason Horner-Leen Organics, Gerry Sweeney-Burren Seafoods, John Sheedy-Sheedy's Restaurant, Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith-St. Tola's Goats Cheese and Brid Fahy-Linally Ice Cream. Photograph by Yvonne Vaughan

As you know, we are part of the Burren Ecotourism Network (BEN), a group of businesses from every spectrum related to agriculture, food or tourism in the North Clare area. The food businesses among the BEN members have created a very special trail, the Burren Food Trail, and the Burren Smokehouse is of course part of it.

We invite you to get involved in the Burren food story. All the Food Trail members are passionate about food, growing and producing it locally for you to enjoy.  The Burren Food Trail is more than a listing of quality food establishments in the area – it aims to uncover for you the path that your food takes from field to plate. You can decide for yourself how to follow the trail – stop at every point or else dip in and out along the way, according to your taste, interest and location. You have the choice between restaurants and cafés, or artisan food producers.

There are fantastic restaurants like An Fulacht Fia in Ballyvaughan, Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, Fabiola's Patisserie & Café in Doolin and many more which will make it very difficult for anybody to choose from. You could visit St. Tola's organic goats farm, make friends with their animals and browse their new farm shop. Rub shoulders with rare breed pigs and piglets at Burren Free Range Pork. Visit our Burren Smokehouse and find out the secrets of salmon smoking. Go green and have a look at Clareville House Kitchen Garden or Leen Organics. There is so much to do and see and taste - and all in the relatively small area of the Burren!

Each member has achieved recognised quality awards and standards, and has also signed up to the Burren Food Trail Customer Promise: you will find staff who are knowledgeable about the regional food story, menus which state the source of local produce, information on local food events and markets as well as a commitment to maximise the use of local ingredients in all prepared food.

A special treat which is on over the summer is the Burren Weekly Food Series. Under the motto "Don't just visit the Burren - taste it!", these businesses and some more came together to create interesting events and rare looks behind the scenes, all to do with the Burren and food. Each Monday until October, something else takes place.