Lisdoonvarna Town & the yearly Matchmaking Festval
Lisdoonvarna takes its name from the Irish Lios Dúin Bhearna meaning the "lios dúin", or enclosured fort, of the gap ("bearna"). It is believed that the fort referred to in this name is the green earthen fort of Lissateeaun (fort of the fairy hill), which lies 3 km to the northeast of the town, near the remains of a Norman-era castle. In September each year one of Europe's largest matchmaking festival is held in the town attracting upwards of 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The month-long event is an important tourist attraction. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly,
a fourth-generation matchmaker. See www.matchmakerireland.com for further
informations about the festival..
The Burren Smokehouse is an Irish family-run producer of Smoked Fish The company is established in 1989 and located on Kincora Road, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare It was set up by Peter and Birgitta Curtin. The Burren Smokehouse started with the smoking and curing of Salmon. Later they branched out into Mackerel,, Trout and Eel.
Cheese was the latest addition to the package. The company also runs a visitor center, what has made it one of the bigger tourism attractions in County Clare.
The Spa Wells
For over 200 years the waters that flow from springs in the Clare Shale in Lisdoonvarna have attracted visitors for their curative properties.
The waters are rich in sulphur and iron and in 1875 the first bath-house was built. By 1895 over 20,000 visitors were coming annually.
The water which flows from the springs has its origins at Slieve Elva, it flows underground through limestone passages until it reaches the Clare Shale at Lisdoonvarna.
The Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction and are just a short 10 minute drive from the Hotel.
Standing 214 metres tall at their highest point and stretching along 8 kilometres of the wild Atlantic coast they are an absolute must see. With sensational views of the surrounding areas on a clear day and a mystical, ethereal feel on a grey day, it is no wonder that these Cliffs attract almost a million visitors a year.
The Burren National Park
A region rich with flora, fauna and many historic archaeological sites, it is essential that you take a day to explore it. Take a walk on one of the many trails, or for the more adventurous, explore one of the charted caves.
Highlights of the region include the Poulnabrone Dolmen and the Caherconnel Stone Fort.
Ferry cruises from Doolin Pier
Ferriy cruises sail daily to the Aran Islands from Doolin. Visit the spectacular Dún Aengus fort on Inis Mor, get away from it all on Inis Meain or take a quick trip to the smallest one – the beautiful island of Inis Oirr.
Or take a Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher. Admire the scale and majestic beauty of the Cliffs of Moher on our 1 hour voyage of discovery.
The Burren Perfumery
Visitors are always welcome to the Perfumery. Watch their audiovisual presentation, then enjoy wandering through the garden, chatting with their staff in their workshops or browsing in the shop. In the summer the organic Tea Rooms makes delicious lunches and cakes. At the Perfumery they make perfumes, creams, balms, soaps using natural and organic ingredients. Everything is made on site, by hand, in small batches. Worth while a visit when in the Burren!
The Aillwee Caves and Birds of Prey Centre
Located in the heart of the Burren and only a twenty minute drive from the Hotel, this is a great day out for the whole family. Take a tour into the dark and mysterious underworld of the Burren, watch a flying display by the beautiful Birds of Prey and finish off with some souvenir shopping and lunch on the terrace with it's spectacular views of Galway Bay.
Traditionally a fishing village, Doolin is now renowned world wide as the capital of traditional Irish music. Catch a ferry to one of the Aran Islands, or take a scenic cruise around the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, then enjoy the rousing experience of a traditional session of Irish music at one of the many pubs in the village. There is no finer way to spend a day, regardless of the weather.
Only 15 minutes away, the seaside town of Lahinch offers a variety of activities to cater for all needs. It has the best beach in the region for swimming, surfing schools for beginners and on the right day, some of the best waves in Ireland. The town is also home to Lahinch Golf Club, one of the world's best links golf courses and when the weather is not too kind there is also an indoor swimming pool, gym and activity centre for the kids at Lahinch SeaWorld & Leisure Centre.