Hotels near Ailwee Caves
The Burren UNESCO Heritage Site is a unique beauty...
The Burren is a unique place. Its lunar landscape create an unforgettable view rich of mystery and fascination, and in the heart of it, the Aillwee Cave provide an access to the Burren underworld.
Located in Ballyvaughan, only forty minutes from Shannon Airport and The Old Ground Hotel in Clare, The Aillwee Caves is the perfect place to spend a day with the family and live an amazing adventure rich of surprises.
A secret long 30 years and a hidden world..
it’s 1944 when the farmer Jack McGann, following his dog who is chasing a rabbit, discovered the for the first time the cave. He decided to maintain this place secret until 1973, when a group of cavers started to explore the tunnels and this incredible underworld. Weird geological formations, stalactites, stalagmites, the underground river and a waterfall, creating a unique place where light and dark, sounds and silence merge together.
During the 30 minutes tour, you can experience different sensations, see the real darkness, be gently refreshed by the waterfall and feel as a real cavers explorer. Through the tour you can also learn about Ireland prehistoric age and see the rests of a real brown bears, that become the symbols of the cavern.
Additionally the center holds the famous Birds of Prey where the aim is to protect and aid the conservation of birds through education, fundraising activities and visitors awareness. Located at the foot of the cave, the centre offers different experiences of interaction with these incredible predators, and the lifetime opportunity! The walk hawk. This incredible experience will give you the opportunity to interact, release and call you back a hawk after a quick training by the centre instructors, in the stunning Burren landscape scenario.