Along with the terranean beauty of its flora and landscape, the subterranean depths of the Aillwee Cave have come to characterize the Burren for visitors to the region. Forming over millions of years as a result of waterways carving channels out of the limestone beneath Aillwee Mountain, the Cave is one of Ireland’s most ancient accessible caves.
Expert guides help visitors to see and think about Aillwee’s extraordinary features. During a thirty minute tour you will ford chasms via bridges, walk alongside a flowing waterfall and view the hibernation chambers of long extinct brown bears. Once you resurface there are other activities to do and sights to see: follow the trail up Aillwee mountain; take a walk through nearby Hazel Wood; or stop in at the Farm Shop to sample some award-winning Burren Gold cheese.
In addition, the Aillwee Cave complex plays host to the Burren Birds of Prey & Educational Centre. Opened in 2008, the centre is home to eagles, buzzards, hawks and other species of birds of prey from around the world. Open fronted aviaries provide a close-up perspective on these beautiful creatures and daily flying displays allow visitors to view them in a relatively natural environment. During these displays, some visitors will be provided with an opportunity to handle the birds.
Journey time from the Five Star Lodge at Doonbeg is approximately 70 minutes.