What's on and things to do

There's lots to see and do in Lisdoonvarana and County Clare. Read through this helpful guide and you are sure to find something to suit you.

The Burren

Unesco world heritage site

Of international importance, the Burren is an amazing landscape with lots of ancient tombs and great wild flowers in Summer.
The Burren, a remarkable place where geology, ecology, archaeology, agriculture, history, food and traditional Irish music are deeply rooted in the landscape and culture of the region. It is a landscape of hills, valleys, plateaus, cliffs, beaches, turloughs, lakes, streams, depressions, and caves – all of which provide us with a truly remarkable window into the geological history of North Clare and the West of Ireland.
The Burren is one of the largest and most accessible Karst regions in the world. It is the only place on the planet that Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side. It also has geological and historical wonders and a rich community of people full of passion and pride for this wonderful place.


You'll be blown away

The most famous natural wonder in Ireland, it is top of most visitors must-do list. Wonderful views. Just 10-15 minutes away!
More than a million plus visitors come to see the Cliffs of Moher each year. You can look forward to a trip that’s never to be forgotten: Ireland at its most natural, rugged, panoramic and breathtaking. Everything you dreamed that Ireland would be – and more. The beauty of the Cliffs of Moher is that they offer us a totally multi-faceted experience of Ireland’s incredible west coast – as much a historical landmark as they are a geographical wonder, conservation hotspot and area of immense natural richness and importance.
On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival

Enjoy the craic

The oldest matchmaking festival in Europe, going stronger than ever. All through the month of September.
The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival has it all:
– Live music and dancing with performances by the very best names in traditional country music.
– Endless opportunities to get together and meet people – from speed-dating to dances and sessions in the pubs.
– Fun and festivity for everyone from age 18 to 80 – everyone is welcome!
– Daily matchmaking with Matchmaker Willie Daly in his ‘office’ – the Matchmaker Bar.
– ‘The Outing’ LGBT festival – the world’s only LGBT music and matchmaking festival – featuring pop-up clubs, drag acts, comedy and live music.
The streets ring out with music and song, buzzing with dance, the craic and love for life. Bars and pubs headline some of the top names in country music, and from dance floor to cosy table, the little town of Lisdoonvarna in the west of Ireland is full of the promise and passion of ‘meeting your match’. This is the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – the biggest event of its kind in Europe and part of the rich tradition of rural Ireland. A chance to gather and celebrate life, love, good music and great times! This year, some 40 000 people will once more take their place at the Festival – for six weekends of fun, party, music and romance – make sure YOU are one them…

Traditional Music

Home of Irish music

West Clare is widely regarded as the home of Irish music. Music has always been an integral part of life in West Clare, due to its remote location, which strengthened community ties and ensured that traditions such as the Irish language, music and dancing were maintained.
The Roadside Tavern is legendary in Lisdoonvarna. You will find traditional music every Friday and Saturday night in the winter, and every night in the summer. They have their own microbrewery called the Burren Brewery and an award-winning food menu served up by Kiernan’s Kitchen. They also have their own smokehouse next door so you can expect locally smoked fish and other smoked delicacies featured on the menu.

Burren Smokehouse

Freshest seafood around

Great smoked fish and other delights. See the smokehouse in action. Artisan smokehouse – only 2 minutes down the road from the Hydro Hotel.
They marry the influences of the traditional Irish way with the Scandinavian way of smoking.
Explore their different kinds of Hot Smoked Salmon – discover the plain variety for the natural taste of smoked salmon. Our marinades feature spices, or different honey & lemon glazings.