Aillwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is a very special place in the heart of the Burren. Let our knowledgeable guides at Aillwee welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this unique landscape. Your tour consists of a 35 minute guided walk through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor. Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the hibernation chambers of the long extinct brown bears.
Visit the Birds of Prey Centre, home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. Our expert bird handlers are always available to help you understand these amazing Raptors and let you know about all the conservaton programmes that are ongoing both nationally and internationally. Audio guides and information boards also give detailed information on all our residents. Daily Flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren Landscape.
Book a Hawk Walk – A once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with one of nature’s top predators. Guided and instructed by your experienced falconer, this hour long “Walk with a Hawk” through woodland and across Burren Limestone pavement is tailor made for anybody seeking a totally unique experience.
At our Farm Shop, watch cheese being made. The Burren in North Clare is the birthplace of this Award Winning Farmhouse Cheese, Burren Gold@ Aillwee. This wonderful cheese has won numerous Gold and Silver Medals at various national and international cheese fairs.
Burren Gold is a firm textured Gouda style cheese with a rich creamy taste. It comes in a variety of flavours:- Plain, Smoked, Cumin, Garlic & Nettle, Black Pepper and for something a little more exotic—Piri Piri. Why not pop in to the Farmshop at Aillwee Cave and taste some delicious Burren Gold Cheese! You may even be lucky enough to see our cheese maker at work.
Relax in the friendly Tearoom with a coffee and scone or drink a glass of wine on the terrace and see the most breathtaking views of Galway Bay.
Browse our two wonderful Gift Shops and see our breathtaking 2018 collections, where you can find gifts for every occasion.
Open daily from 10am. For more details check out our website, www.aillweecave.ie