Lisdoonvarna, in North Clare, is Ireland’s premier Spa town and is famous for its music and festival – while it is also perfectly placed for visits to the Burren National Park. Festivals are a feature of ‘Lisdoon’, the two premier ones being the September Festival – one of Europe’s largest singles match-making festival of romance; and the Burren Slow Food Festival.
Origin of Name: Lisdoonvarna takes its name from the Irish ‘Lios Duin Bhearna” meaning ‘Enclosure of the Fort in the Gap’.
Lisdoonvarna has many pubs and a wide selection of hotel and guest accommodation – while the village is also famous for its Victorian Spa Complex and Health Centre, which is set in an attractive parkland setting. The Spa’s therapeutic mineral waters of sulphur, iron and magnesium have been dispensed since the 18th century, and the strong smelling sulphur water is served hot and cold in the pump. The source of the water can be viewed in the illuminated well.
Another place not to be missed in Lisdoonvarna is the famous Burren Smokehouse – home of fine, Irish smoked salmon. The Smokehouse is open all year round and offers tastings of their award winning Burren Smoked Salmon.