Supporting local suppliers and producers is important to us for a number of reasons. Buying local will benefit the community economically and showcase quality local produce to our visitors. It also cuts down on fossil fuels needed to transport goods to us, helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
We try to source as many products as possible from local suppliers, from environmentally friendly cleaning agents to building materials. For example, Irish oak was used for the visitor centres’ internal doors and local Liscannor flag stone used throughout the site was quarried nearby.
Co Clare is rich in top quality food producers and the Cliffs View Café serves delicious meals using locally produced ingredients. The gift shop stocks quality products from local businesses like the Burren Perfumery and the Clare Jam shop.
There are also many talented artists and photographers in the locality who regularly hold exhibitions of their work in the visitor centre and art prints are often available to buy. Here’s some more information on some of our local food producers.
The swans that gather on the Flaggy Shore (made famous in the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Spirit Level’) whose water laps beside the grazing cows of Brid & Roger Fahy give Linnalla Pure Irish Ice cream its name “Linn-éalla” meaning Swan Lake.
Traditionally a dairy farm from the mid 1800′s Brid & Roger started making ice cream in 2006 using the milk from their shorthorn cows which are native to the Burren. With fresh cream and wonderful fruits and nuts, as many as possible sourced in the Burren we produce a beautiful artisan ice cream. Roger & Brid hope you try their ice cream at the Cliffs View Café and enjoy its naturally creamy taste that is free from artificial colouring, flavours, gluten, eggs or preservatives.
St Tola Goat’s Cheese
Brought to you from the West of Ireland, near County Clare’s wild Atlantic coast, St. Tola Irish organic goat cheese has achieved exceptional critical acclaim since its launch over twenty-five years ago.
From young, fresh crottin through to mature, year old Gouda, all our cheeses are handmade and matured to suit our customers’ individual requirements. As such, cheese from the St. Tola range is now among the most sought-after artisan produce in Ireland. St. Tola Organic Goat Cheese has been made in the townland of Inagh just south of the Burren in County Clare since the early 1980s.
Burren Smokehouse Smoked Salmon & Mackerel
The Burren Smokehouse is a family-run business that was set up in 1989 by Birgitta & Peter Curtin. We believe in Finest Quality Food Products, good customer care and a good group of team workers to ensure that we keep up our standards.
We carefully source our quality raw materials for the Burren Smoked Salmon, Trout, Mackerel, and Cheese. We control our own quality standards with backup of regular testing from independent laboratories and regular checks from organisations who certify us. The Smokehouse currently employs a staff of twelve, and ships within Ireland and to countries all over the world.
Garrihy’s Seafoods is a long established seafood provider in North Clare. There are a fresh fish wholesaler. Eamon Garrihy is the third generation of his family to run the shop, following his uncle Donie who had 22 years and his grandfather Jack who ran it for 30 years.
Keeping up the good service and outstanding reputation of the business is a priority for Eamon & his co-owner Vincent McMahon. They provide fresh fish to all local hotels, pubs and restaurants direct from the fishing boats in Connemara. They also have a fish shop in Ennis located in the Market, where customers can walk in and purchases fish.
Garrihy’s Seafoods plant is located behind the shop and filling station in Carnane, Doolin and is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12noon on Saturday. Eamon & Vincent invite walk-in customers to discover the flavours of the sea just outside your door and both are happy to answer any questions you may have or offer advice. If it swims in the sea, they have it… but if they don’t they can get it – from anywhere in the world.
Hazel Mountain Chocolates
Hazel Mountain Chocolates is one of the few boutique bean to bar stoneground chocolate factories in Europe. Located at the foothills of the Burren mountains in the west of Ireland.