Discover for Yourself
Or decide to find your own way and discover the pleasures along the way. Starting out from Doolin itself, there is so much to discover. Like the wonderful little gem, Clare Jam, which offers delicious home-made preserves and unique treats like Guinness mustard. Next up is the Doolin Chocolate Shop, which stocks tantalising handmade Irish Wild Chocolates – from fudge to liqueurs and bespoke chocolate bars.
There are plenty more local food heroes too, not least of which is the Burren Smokehouse in nearby Lisdoonvarna. Dubbed ‘the best-smoked salmon taste you’ll ever experience”, the Smokehouse offers smoked organic salmon, smoked mackerel and trout. You can watch the artisans working their magic, taste samples and buy your choice of goods to take home. There is also a brilliant range of jams, chocolates, biscuits, honey, fruit and wine – as well as Irish craft gifts and beauty products. If cheese is your weak spot, you’re in the right place too. Aillwee Cave Farm shop is the production site for the award-winning Burren Gold Cheese – a firm textured Gouda-style cheese with a rich creamy taste. It’s the unique rich grasses and herbs of the Burren on which the cows feed that makes the spectacular taste difference. Staying with cheese, why not head over to the beautiful St Tola Goat Farm in Ennistymon, home of award-winning goats cheese.
Explore the farm, discover their story of sustainable farming, and taste the range of cheeses. If you have a sweet tooth, indulge it at the famous Linnalla Creamery on the Flaggy Shore, which makes outstanding ice cream and smoothies produced from their own livestock, foraged fruits and nuts. If you’re really looking for a natural experience, don’t miss Wild Kitchen – which offers wild food foraging walks through the countrywide and shoreline. From wild plants to seaweed – you’ll be amazed by this unique food story.