The Burren bunch

Good food and fun are on the menu out west, as Burren producers and restaurateurs launch a tourism initiative


The Burren in Co Clare is not only a geological and botanical wonder, it’s also home to some best-in-class artisan food producers such as St Tola organic goat’s cheese and The Burren Smokehouse, and they have come together to participate in The Burren Food Trail.

There are 22 food producers and restaurants involved, and every Monday until the end of October they will stage an event celebrating the region’s landscape, produce and traditions. The trail is a joint initiative between the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Ecotourism Network.

The events are part of a programme called The Burren Food Experience and will include diverse, entertaining happenings such as cookery demonstrations, guided walks, feasts and parties, and sporting events.

Highlights will include a stargazing and barbecue event at the Cliffs of Moher, a Burren Brewery tasting, sea kayaking to Linnalla ice cream cafe, a farm walk at Fr Ted’s Parochial House, a summer solstice evening party, and food safaris.

The participants have each designed a signature dish that will go on sale in the restaurants taking part, and will showcase local ingredients and produce.

For details of the programme of events, and participating businesses, see