Aillwee Cave

Aillwee Cave

Aillwee Cave

Aillwee Cave is one of the largest and most famous caves in Ireland. It attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to admire its magnificent geological formations of stalactites and stalagmites. In addition to the wonders of this cave, there are fabulous cavities dug by ancient underground waterfalls. The visit is ideal for all geology enthusiasts who love history… Feel like visiting ? This way: it’s happening in County Clare!

Visit the Aillwee Cave

Miles of galleries run through the Burren…

The visit of the Aillwee cave is obligatory guided: the risks of getting lost in its galleries and tunnels of several kilometres are quite risky . We advise you before the visit to bring warm clothes that do not really fear the earth.

Of course, this visit is much more like a walk than a caving exploration, but it is better to be comfortable in your clothes and be warm: Aillwee cave never exceeds 10°C.

The tour takes you into one of the landscaped areas of the Aillwee Cave. It is important to note that the cave extends far beyond what you will see during the tour. The galleries and cavities of the cave extend very far into the Burren, several dozen meters underground (sometimes more), but their dangerousness does not allow the simple visitor to explore it safely …

A geological formation millions of years old

In any case, the part that you will be able to discover with your guide is a real marvel. You will discover unsuspected fauna and flora, as well as geological formations several million years old.

All of this is of course illuminated by spotlights that will make you admire all the beauty of these natural geological forms.

Your guide will then continue the tour by explaining the origins of these geological formations: the first formations are said to date back several million years, when water infiltration began to form underground galleries in the limestone of the Burren region. Over the centuries, gigantic rivers have meandered through these cavities, digging the future galleries of the cave with the help of erosion.

That’s why the Aillwee cave is so interesting to visit: it presents innumerable geological formations testifying to the ancient presence of rivers, waterfalls and other … Add to this eroded limestone columns, stalactites and stalactites as huge as they are long, and you will have a good idea of what awaits you.

There are also traces of the ancient presence of brown bears, which lived in the cave for a long time. Some skeletons of hibernating bears were found there, as well as traces of claws on the rocks…

Practical informations

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Address Address: 3km from Ballyvaughan
Lieu : (County Clare)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 53.089173,-9.143657

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SchedulesSchedules :

Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

DurationDuration: 45 minutes

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