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Aillwee Cave

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Aillwee Cave
Ballyvaughan Co Clare
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Visitors to this 2-million-year-old cave will see more than the amazing illuminated tunnels and waterfalls, for there is also much of interest to food lovers.
  • Falconry
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Broadband WI/FI (No Charge)
  • Children's Playground
  • Family Friendly
  • Location - Beach <5km
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Location - Scenic
  • Open New Year
  • Shop - Gift
  • Café
  • Al Fresco
  • Budget Meals (€21-35/£14-23 pp 3-courses, not inc. dr
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Tea Rooms

Aillwee Cave

Visitors to this 2-million-year-old cave will see more than the amazing illuminated tunnels and waterfalls, for there is also much of interest to food lovers.


Cheese-making demonstrations show how the local Burren Gold cheese is made and, even if the process is in a quiet phase at the time of a visit, there is still plenty to see - and buy, thanks to a well-stocked food shop; free tastings of the cheeses and home-made fudge are available here, and other goodies to take home, including home-made preserves.


Just inside the entrance to the cave there is a souvenir shop with a good book section (including travel and cookery books of Irish interest), and a café serving inexpensive, wholesome fare - typically baked potatoes with Burren Gold cheese. Fast food (coffee, panini etc) is also available


Arriving visitors will also notice The Burren Birds of Prey & Educational Centre (on the left, opposite Burren Cheese), which is home to the largest and most varied display of birds of prey in Ireland.  Daily flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see these magnificent birds in dramatic free flight, as well as a mountain trail "guaranteed to work up an appetite".


A visit to Ireland's premier showcave is a very worthwhile experience when visiting the Burren, and full of surprises - at the Farm Shop, for example, you can watch the award winning Burren Gold Cheese being made by cheesemaker and apiarist, Ben Johnson.


Made with milk from pedigree Friesian cows, this unpasteurised Gouda style cheese takes its character from the area's special herbs and grasses. available in a range of flavours including smoked, you can taste the cheeses in the shop, and also buy other speciality foods including local jams, bread mixes (brown bread; potato bread), speciality homemade fudge - and, of course, honey.


Cheesemaking courses are occasionally offered.

Café Seats 60. Meals all day Mon-Sun (10-5.30pm). Children welcome. Wheelchair access (to building only, not the cave). Closed mornings in Dec; Christmas. MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 13-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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4.5 km (3 miles) south of Ballyvaughan.

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