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“O"fish"ily the best smoked salmon I've ever tasted.”

Connemara Smokehouse
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A catch destined for the Connemara Smokehouse, the irresistible aroma is often carried on soft breezes throughout the countryside. It assails your senses when near Ballyconneely. Connemara Smoked Salmon, on brown soda bread. Unique to Ireland. The Connemara Smokehouse is located right on the water’s edge at Bunowen Pier, and the surrounding area has exceptional views of the Twelve Bens mountain range, the castle of Connaught’s historic Pirate Queen, Grainne Mhoal (Grace O’Malley). It is also renowned for its breeding of the world famous Connemara Pony which can be seen in fields towards the Smokehouse. This area contains some of the most tranquil, unspoilt and rugged landscapes with beautiful clear water and sandy beaches. Smokehouse Tours seasonally during the summer months June, July and August (FRENCH) Tuesday & Thursday at 3pm sharp! (ENGLISH)Wednesday at 3pm sharp! Booking is advisable. We also welcome Group Tours & School Groups all year round by appointment only. In our Smokehouse Tour you will watch Graham or Nicolas hand fillet and traditionally prepare the salmon, explain the salting and smoking techniques, then show the hand slicing and packing of the finished product. You will enjoy a tasting of our fantastic smoked salmon. We are sure you will then want to buy some to take home, or to eat while you are here on holiday or to send to friends and family as a gift. It is fun, educational, and delicious.
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

A group of us attended the smokehouse tour in English today and I have to say it's not easy to entertain a group of people that range in age from 6 to 70 but it certainly happened here. From the moment that Graham started sharpening his knife and started talking until we all tasted the final product we were all engaged fully in what we were being shown. Anyone who wanted to ask questions got their turn and we were all happy with our answers and learning about this traditional method of smoking salmon. I have to say prior to this visit I never gave it much thought but certainly after today and getting to taste the product I have new found admiration for the whole chain involved in this process, from the fishermen, the staff in processing and packing right down to the office staff looking after deliveries. This smokehouse is set right on the edge of the Atlantic ocean so a walk in the beach was a must afterwards and after our afternoon touring we quite happily ate our way through one of their award winning products the honey roast salmon . The staff were all very friendly and came across clearly that they certainly believe and pride themselves in their products. We will definitely be placing an order online on our return home and popping in for another cheeky sample on our next visit to the west of Ireland !

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

if you want quality you have to be willing to pay a little extra right? well you will get quality here, the seafood is delicious, the smoked salmon is to die for, you can see everything being prepared on site, i drove 50km to buy from here and it was worth it. i just turned up on their doorstep and knocked on the door, they couldnt have been nicer.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

The journey to the smoke house is great , small white beaches and clear water .. the smokehouse 'tour' more talk was very good and the samples gave you a real appreciation of the quality of the products . Definitely worth the visit if you appreciate quality fish and were it comes from

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

Check out the time tables on their site, send an e-mail and join in on an informative session. Inspiring and proud owner will show you his skills and tell the Connemara Smokehouse story. We are convinced that this is not only the best smoked fish of Ireland, but that they will do their utmost to guarantee a sustainable business.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed June 13, 2017 via mobile

Love the story that describes their love of what they do. It's not a restaurant or a tasting room. Tours are only on Wednesday's. we bought the delicious salmon mousse, and the mackerel; both were outstanding! Very friendly staff to assist! Beautiful drive with amazing views! Beaches were amazing! View of low tide was amazing!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Susan A
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