May 5, 2008
Aillwee Cave is one of the oldest caves in Ireland. It is located in the Burren area of Co. Clare, and it’s one of the popular tourist destinations in West of Ireland. When the ice melted, which was formed during the Ice age, the water curved out the ground, and created many caves in Burren such as Aillwee Cave. Aillwee Cave is the only caves in the area that is open to public.
Aillwee Cave was known as “Bear Haven”. When you visit the cave, a guide will take you to the hibernation pits used by wild bears with some of the remains (of bears and rabbits) still visible. The Cave is open for a guided tour only, and there’s an entrance fee. Be sure to wear comfortable flat shows as you’ll walk through some wet and rocky path. It’s very dark in some area, too.
While Aillwee Cave is not the biggest or the most stunning caves in the world, it’s worth a visit if you are in the area. Most of the bus tours to Burren and Cliffs of Moher stop here. If you are not interested in the cave, check out the farm shop and/or the Bird of Brey Center there.
Aillwee Cave: http://www.aillweecave.ie/
Tel: +353 – 65-7077036