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Gourmet Tasting & Tour

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A tour through the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna, coupled with a delectable tasting, is a gourmand’s dream.   And it is offered only in conjunction with Authentic Ireland.

Lisdooonvarna is a small village but even if you were in bustling New York, you’d know you were somewhere extraordinary as soon as you arrived.  Rising from cobbled stones is a sculpted, mosaic salmon.  Tall and glorious, he flips his tail in the air.  The Great Salmon, almost mythic, bounces opalescent sea colors off his skin, swirling them in the light. The sight will stop you in your tracks.  Perfect...  Turn toward the door of the Burren Smokehouse and step inside.  You’ve entered an element of delicious taste, beauty, and scent.

The Burren Smokehouse was opened in 1989 by Birgitta and Peter Curtin.  As with most family businesses, you’ll immediately become aware of the pride and attention to detail that sets their products apart.  They carefully source organic, raw materials for their smoked salmon, mackerel, trout, eel and fresh farm cheese.  Winning awards, year after year, their products are the finest of their kind in Europe and North America

After a tour, there’s a tasting.  This is an exceptional experience for those with a trained palate, and for those who simply delight in exquisite food that’s lovingly prepared.   You’ll also find local crafts and a visitor’s center here.  Upon leaving the Smokehouse, you’ll walk with the owner to the nearby, historic roadside tavern and dine together. 

Looking for renewal of your senses, and an overall feeling of well-being?  Come to Lisdoonvarna with Authentic Ireland, and delight in this hidden gem.


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“Great Vacation in Ireland”

Jun 22, 2017 by Len and Virginia. Your Hometown: Kelowna, B.C

We had a great 20 day tour of Ireland. We started with a 4 night bus tour of Ireland that was well put together by Authentic Vacations. We then conducted our own self guided tour which was put together for us by Lonny. She did a great job at arranging our itinerary and finding good B&B`s, hotels and even one night in a castle. We will never forget our trip to Ireland and would highly recommend working with Authentic Vacations and specifically Lonny.

“Wonderful Anniversary”

Jun 18, 2017 by Sarah. Your Hometown: Joplin Missouri

Maggie helped us out on setting up a great trip! We loved all of the hotels she picked out for us. We did a two day Dublin hop on hop off. We then did a self driving tour through Killarney, Kilkenny, and Dromoland, which we loved. Then we flew and spent 2 days in Scotland.we wished we would have packed less and stayed another night at the Dromoland Castle! Disappointed in the heroes tour in Scotland-should have just stayed and walked Edinburg but other than that, the trip went off spectacularly! Will set up another trip through Authentic Ireland!

Jun 14, 2017 by Terrie Reed. Your Hometown: Granite Falls, NC

Con Jäger was our travel advisor. His planning exceeded expectations and made for a stress-free vacation. It was obvious that our travel route and selection of B&B's was based upon years of experience booking Ireland and Scotland locations. I would recommend this service to anyone visiting the UK. A vacation to remember!

“Authentic Vacation Does It Right!”

Jun 12, 2017 by Pam W. Skersick. Your Hometown: Fort Worth

Aisling was the perfect agent to plan and carry out our trip to Ireland. Hotel bookings were perfect; our driver, Kevin, was very personable, knowledgeable and helpful. This road trip through Ireland was like the country itself — ENCHANTING!

“Ireland Roadtrip - Excellent Adventure”

Jun 9, 2017 by JB & Lois. Your Hometown: Oklahoma

Emma was our lifeline in Ireland, helping us all the way with bookings and answers. Even through numerous changes she came through like a winner. We're happy we chose to use Authentic Ireland. We would recommend them to any "first timers". Try to get to the Wild Atlantic Way for some of the most beautiful driving in the world. The further north you travel, the more spectacular it gets!

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