In the Farmshop at Aillwee, in our small factory, we have been making cheese since 1985. Gaining experience in Holland, we adopted both the methods of Gouda style and Traditional Farmhouse cheesemaking. Our milk has continually been sourced from the Holstein Friesian herd at Caherconnell Farm located 5km from Aillwee. The herd graze the grass, wild herbs, and wildflowers in the heart of The Burren region.
This style really is versatile and works very well for us as we only make cheese while the cows are on pasture. Traditionally our cheesemaking season is from April to October but because of how we age Burren Gold, we have supply all year round.
Naturally smoking cheese has traditionally been a very difficult process but when done correctly the result can be exquisite. Therefore, we pride ourselves on being one of the few artisan cheese makers continuing the craft of smoking cheese naturally.
A visit to the Farmshop will be educational and a culinary delight as a visitor will taste their way through lovely young creamy cheeses and the more intense mature cheese that becomes; harder and denser in texture with bold flavours that can be sharp, salty, sweet, nutty, and caramelized all at once.
Why not avail of our cheese tasting tour.
We have been making Fudge here at Aillwee for 25 years. Maggie, a local farmer, who is our experienced fudge maker has been making our delicious fudge for almost 20 years.
Visitors love to indulge this sweet treat and coffee after their walk through our Hazel Woodland.
Some of our fudge specialities are Chocolate Mint Swirl, Atlantic Sea Salt Caramel but Maggie’s favourite is the delicious Burren Crunch!
Our cream and butter Fudge is available to purchase online.
Here is a list of some of the produce you will find on our shelves
- Anam coffee Roasted right here in the Burren Region.
- Clare jams produced in Doolin
- St Tola’s Goat cheese from Inagh.
- Smoked salmon from The Smokehouse in Lidoonvarna
- Chutneys and Sauces just up the road in Kilcolgan.
- Guru Tea House in Ennistymon.
- Wild Irish Sea weed sustainable harvested in Quilty
- Airmid Soaps from Kilfenora.
Some of our staff have gone on to become entrepreneur’s in their own rite and we now stock their crafts.