Lisdoonvarna,a spa town is in north County Clare on the road from Ennistymon to Ballyvaughan . It is known for its September festival Irelands largest single matchmaking festival. The village has a wide selection of pubs and hotel and bed and breakfast and hostel accommodation.
Lisdoonvarna is a great spot to base oneself to explore North Clare, just north of the village the land rises sharply which affords fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding areas including a wonderful view over the valley of Ballyvaghan. In the village the Burren Smokehouse Visitors Centre, established in 1995, showcases traditional smoking methods of locally caught fish and also other local gourmet products and crafts. The Visitors Centre has become a popular tourist attraction in the North County Clare area and welcomes over 30,000 visitors from all over the world each year.
The area became a popular health resort in the early nineteenth century owning to its mineral wells, there was no earlier village, just a few scattered cottages. which makes it a comparatively young village by Irish standards. However, the numerous ancient sites and historic remains in the vicinity are evidence of human habitation and activity in the area many centuries before the establishment of the town itself. Ring forts in the vicinity can date from the Iron Age into the Christian era and up to late medieval times.
Lisdoonvarna castle was once a prominent building in the area. A corner-stone of a nearby house tells that the castle was built in 1619. Among the castles many owners down through the years were the O' Davorens who were traditionally remembered as "very haughty, aristocratical and tyrannical." The site of the famous 16th century Brehon Law School, in the locality, had been established by a branch of the same O' Davoren family.