The Burren Underworld – the Aillwee Cave
Would you like an extraordinary journey of discovery that shows the beautiful Burren from a completely different side, namely from below? Our tip – the Aillwee Cave, the oldest cave in the Burren. Beware of spoilers: you will be amazed!
The Aillwee Cave is one of the most interesting caves in Ireland – up there with Crag Cave and Marble Arch Cave. Located just outside Ballyvaughan on the edge of the Burren, it was discovered by chance in 1944 when a shepherd was looking for his runaway dog.
About 1.5 kilometers into the well-developed cave, you can marvel at impressive stalactites and stalagmites that are up to 8,000 years old, as well as discovering an underground river and waterfall. The corridors which are up to 500 meters deep, lead you into the interior of the cave, which also houses the “Mud Hall”, which is said to be the largest underground cavern in the world. Another special feature, which also explains why the logo of the Aillwee Cave contains a bear, are the well-preserved bear tracks, which could be dated to the previous Ice Age.
It is best to wear sturdy shoes and a jacket when visiting. At a constant temperature of 10 ° C, inside the cave is definitely a bit on the cool side!
The Aillwee Cave is open daily all year round from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Tickets for adults cost 15 euros, children between 5 and 16 years pay 7 euros, and entry is free for children under 4 years of age. In addition to an information center, you will also find a gift shop, a restaurant and the opportunity to see the “Birds of Prey”, Ireland’s largest display of raptors.
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