Aillwee Cave & The Birds Of Prey Centre
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Ballyvaughan, Clare, Republic of Ireland
Ms Barbara Faulkner
Aillwee Cave is a superb show cave near the mystical Burren area of north County Clare. The cave, with its nearby birds of prey centre and farm shop, is located south of Ballyvaughan on the R480.
Explore a cave, watch eagles in flight and sample delicious local food products at Aillwee Cave, Ireland's premier show cave in Ballyvaughan County Clare.
Over 3,5000 feet of winding passages are open to the public, with regular guided tours provided. Visitors to this popular County Clare attraction are escorted on a 35 minute stroll through caverns, over bridged chasms, beneath unusual rock formations and ending beside a thunderous waterfall. This stunning creation of nature was gradually formed by prehistoric Ice Age melt waters carving paths through this limestone mountain.
Burren Birds of Prey Centre, located at the foot of Aillwee Cave, features the largest display of falcons, harris hawks, owls, American kestrels and white tailed sea eagles in the country. During the breeding season visitors will be able to see young birds of prey being hand reared, learn about falconry as an ancient sport and become more aware of these magnificent indigenous species and the environmental issues involved in their protection and conservation.
The nearby farm shop, which can also be reached by a delightful woodland walk, houses a range of delicious local products such as the award winning Burren Gold cheese, honey, jams and fudge. Watch as the Gouda type cheese, classed as a farmhouse cheese because it is made from unpasturised cows milk, is made and then sample the end product.