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Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan
Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
Navigate the prehistoric passages of Aillwee Cave, which features an underground river, waterfall, stalactites, and stalagmites. The cave was discovered in 1944 and opened to the public in 1992. Passageways stretch for more than 1 km (984 ft), with about 300 m (984 ft) available to visitors. See the remains of bears in what is considered the last bear den in Ireland. During your tour, you will pass 8,000-year-old formations. As one of the oldest caves in the country, the site even has some areas dating back more than 350,000 years. Use our Ballyvaughan travel itinerary maker to visit Aillwee Cave on your trip to Ballyvaughan, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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I have been to a few caves around the world and this was one of the oldest. Although it was ok for the discounted price i paid i was expecting a lot more. The waterfall is nice inside there and the gu... read more »
I went to the caves. It was good. Felt most of the things were like created and artificial and had been created. I have been to many places which are actual and resemble real - like old forts and pala... read more »
The Ailwee cave is a terrific experience. Not too physical with wide secure footpaths and stairs that are manageable. Have to duck the head in a couple of spots but no real stooping or crawling around... read more »
Amazing tour inside cave. Interesting points by guide. Birds of Prey show us great. Farm shop has lovely goodies and a nice cup of cappuccino.
Fabulous day out at Ailwee caves. Enjoyed the birds of prey display and paid for a walk through the woods with the Harris's Hawks it was a once in a lifetime experience worth every penny. Lovely scenario , cafe on site for tea and cakes
Underground waterfall and a good guide describing what we were looking at made for an interesting tour. The return trip is through a man made tunnel so you do a loop and don't have to fight back the way you came. But why not do it the other way round? So the last thing you do isn't walk a few hundred metres through nothing much, do that first and then wander back through the thing you came to see!
David Gavin Doan
cool epic 5 stars guide was amazing strongly recomended so awesome a lot of cool sites wish i could go back amazing probobly my best expirience in ireland oh and the birds were epic it landed on mme a snowy owl!
If you're into exploring some caves, not serious cave diving but a minor effort in spelunking, this is a treat. We didn't get to see the protected tribe of cave bats they have but the story of the cave, and the ancient geological history of Ireland, is quite cool and will provide some very interesting photo opportunities.
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