Organic Irish salmon smoked Swedish style at the Burren Smokehouse

The Burren, County Clare

Birgitta Curtin, born in Sweden, started hitchhiking around Ireland in the 1980's. Here she met her future husband and soon they started the Burren Smokehouse, mixing Swedish style smoking with organic Irish salmon.

Surrounded by the amazing Burren landscape and right by the majestic Cliffs of Moher, in county Clare, the secluded Burren Smokehouse has always been popular because of its uncompromising taste and quality.

Birgitta and Peter have set up an entire experience around the artisan and craftwork surrounding their smokehouse and their delicate and delicious hand-smoked salmon. The smokehouse you can delve into how it is made, smell the delicious oak-smoke, feel the texture and see the smoking process for yourself.

Birgitta Curtin at Burren Smokehouse on the Wild Atlantic Way by the Cliffs of Moher
Birgitta Curtin at Burren Smokehouse on the Wild Atlantic Way by the Cliffs of Moher

We always knew we wanted an artisan business, we weren't into something mass-produced.

It all started when Birgitta backpacked around the Emerald Isle as an 18-year-old in the early 1980’s. Here she had a chance encounter with Peter in a pub in Lisdoonvarna, famed for its matchmaking festival - Europe’s biggest singles festival. The 160-year-old festival attracts people from all over the world looking for Love, fun and a bit of ‘craic’.

By 1989 Birgitta and Peter had set roots and opened the Burren Smokehouse along the Wild Atlantic Way. Birgitta and Peter Curtin are entrepreneurial spirits - when people flocked to the Smokehouse to see how their delicious smoked salmon was made they built a visitor centre to accommodate the many guests.  Soon The Burren Storehouse restaurant was established to cater for the guests and Peter has developed the Burren Brewery, a microbrewery in his family's pub, The Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna.

Although the Burren Smokehouse may be far from a city, it is by the amazing Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark. The Burren is a limestone mosaic whose cracked grey stone reveals delicate flowers and a wildly diverse ecosystem comprising of 70% of Ireland’s plant species and 80 tombs scattered across the sparse terrain.

Birgitta, the daughter of a Swedish MP, grew up on a farm with hunting and fishing where fish smoked locally was always available. She has brought Swedish style smoking to organic Irish salmon and thereby gifted the world with a magnificent local product that is one of many in the array of magnificent Irish foods.

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