Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in The Burren

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Also known as the Portal Tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland's most photographed ancient monuments. Built more than 5000 years ago, the otherworldly dolmen (a large slab perched on stone uprights) stands amid…
Top Choice Factory in New Quay

Hazel Mountain Chocolate

Watch chocolate being made in small batches using rare Trinitario cacao beans and raw sugar on a 45-minute tour of this heavenly smelling cottage-housed chocolate factory in a picturesque hillside location. If you d…
Top Choice Visitor Centre in Carron

Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre

The Burren's wildflowers are the inspiration for the subtle scents at this wonderful perfumery and floral centre, which creates scented items such as perfumes, candles and soaps that are beautifully packaged in hand…
Top Choice Seafood in Bunratty

Gallagher's of Bunratty

With stone walls, exposed beams, timber panelling and a wood stove, this thatched cottage is as enchanting inside as it is out. But the real reason to book is for some of Ireland's most magnificent seafood, such as …
Top Choice Farm in The Burren

St Tola Irish Goat Cheese

Creamy St Tola goat's cheese appears on the menus of some of Ireland's finest restaurants, and visitors can stop by its 26-hectare farm in the Burren, 11km southeast of Ennistimon (16km northwest of Ennis), signpost…
Top Choice Bakery in Killaloe & Ballina

Wooden Spoon

Strewn with old cookbooks, the Wooden Spoon is renowned for its baking, and queues regularly stretch out the door. Savoury dishes span frittatas to spinach- and chorizo-stuffed filo pastries; sweet treats include mi…
Top Choice Seafood in Lahinch

Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant

On a farm 4.5km south of Lahinch, this whitewashed country cottage is surrounded by kitchen gardens that provide herbs and vegetables for exquisite dishes such as fennel-stuffed plaice with shellfish bisque. Views o…
Top Choice Deli in Ennistimon

Cheese Press

Everything you need for a riverside picnic or packed lunch for a Burren hike is on offer at this enticing deli. Organic Irish cheeses include St Tola Irish Goat Cheese, Abbey Brie, Ballyhooly Blue, Burren Gold, Smok…
Top Choice Historic Site in The Burren

Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb

One of Ireland's most famous prehistoric grave sites, Gleninsheen lies beside the R480 7km south of Ballyvaughan. It's thought to date from 4000 to 5000 years ago. A magnificent gold gorget (a crescent of beaten gol…
Top Choice Pub in Doolin

Gus O'Connor's

Right on the river where it runs into the sea, this sprawling place dating from 1832 has a rollicking atmosphere when the music is in full swing. On some summer nights you won't squeeze inside. Music plays from 9.30…