Lisdoonvarna, County Clare
This is often the irony of attending Lisdoonvarna's Matchmaking Festival.
Some believe any decent match with a real Irish person is better made in the pubs of Ennis or strolling along the beach in Lahinch because no self-respecting Irishman or Irishwoman would ever find himself or herself anywhere near Lisdoonvarna during the month of September.
In a way, the Matchmaker Festival resembles a Brigadoon gone terribly terribly wrong.
That said, the festival is still a month-long celebration of love and happiness, and the pleasant village of Lisdoonvarna, located in the centre of the Burren, is well worth the trip at any time of the year.
There are a number of pubs with traditional Irish music and the local B&B's will treat you like the kings and queens you are. Lisdoonvarna also has the only natural spa water in Ireland, so visiting it at other times is a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, most of the pubs exact a king's ransom for the Guinness.
One lad said it best as he strolled by me after having a few pints, "The porter is brutal but the craic is good."
So, if you're wanting to settle for a smile with no teeth or you'd like to meet lots of other lonely travellers (and we do mean travellers), by all means, visit Lisdoonvarna in September and beat yourselves into a frenzy at the Festival.
Fair play to the bog farmers for seizing their opportunity.
The festival, itself, is brilliant, really. There is dancing and horse racing and dancing and dancing. It is a great opportunity for you to mingle with singles from all over the world.
The truth of it is, you'll be in Ireland, lads, so there's always the Guinness (regardless of how brutal it is).
Festival aside, Lisdoonvarna is one of Ireland's most love villages and the only one with hot, natural baths.
Featured Lodging near Lisdoonvarna
Irish Self Catering holiday homes are great value in Clare, Ireland.
Luxury cottages set in Doolin, the Burren and beside the Cliffs of Moher.
Irish self Catering holiday accommodation for holidays & short breaks at great value in County Clare, Ireland, catering for weekend breaks, fishing breaks including mayfly on Lough Derg, hill walking with East Clare Walking Club and peaceful retreats on Holy Island.
Our holiday village in Mountshannon
Clare has self catering set on a lake with panoramic views. These are Irish holiday cottages with a difference. We like to call it, self catering with luxury.
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival Special - 330 euro a week
Location Grovemount House is a family run Guesthouse situated on the outskirts of Ennistymon Town.
From here you can access with ease the renowned Cliffs of Moher and the spectacular and unique Burren region. Just 5 minutes drive away from our B&B is Lahinch Championship Golf Links and Blue Flag Beach making this one of the most ideal places to stay.
Whatever is your pleasure - fishing, golfing, sightseeing or listening to the
best of traditional Irish music - enjoy! and return to luxurious tranquility in
Golf and Leisure Hotel
Located in the seaside resort town of Lahinch, known for it's good surfing and home to one of the top golf courses in Ireland, the Lahinch Golf and Leisure Hotel offers four-star accommodations just a few miles from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.
Lahinch is a popular destination spot in County Clare, with excellent restaurants and pubs.
Bellbridge House Hotel
majority of these offer breathtaking views of the scenic Atlantic Ocean
or the rolling hills of Spanish Point Golf Course.
Here one can sample the
delight of our extensive menu. The menu draws on a wide variety of local
fresh produce including locally caught seafood prepared by our
Logues Liscannor Bay
Location: Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Liscannor, overlooking the bay on the rugged West Clare Coast, the newly refurbished Logue's Liscannor Hotel offers superb accommodation and quality food in an idyllic location.
This beautiful Hotel is located within easy distance of Shannon Airport, Galway, Ennis and Limerick, which makes it an ideal touring and recreational base.
The Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, the Burren and Lisdoonvarna are all within a few
minutes driving and the world famous Lahinch Golf Links can even be seen from
The Falls Hotel
Location: Nestled in it's wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, the distinctive building known today as the Falls Hotel Spa Resort conceals within it's walls an eighteenth century mansion and a late medieval castle.
The Hotel is located near to the centre of the market town of Ennistymon.