It’s been a few weeks since I went to visit Aillwee Cave but because I had to put the head down to pass exams I am only writing it now!
I used to work in the lovely Aillwee Cave back in the day before I moved to Korea and I was so excited to go back and see everyone. I loved it! First, some directions;
From Dublin: You’re looking at 3 hours, https://www.google.ie/maps/dir/Dublin/Aillwee+Cave,+Ballyvaughan,+Co.+Clarefirstname.lastname@example.org,-8.8338812,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x48670e80ea27ac2f:0xa00c7a9973171a0!2m2!1d-6.2603097!2d53.3498053!1m5!1m1!1s0x485ba11bdeeab773:0xa4fa3594ae71264f!2m2!1d-9.1436674!2d53.0891282!3e0
From Shannon: Only about an hour. https://www.google.ie/maps/dir/Shannon+Airport,+Co.+Clare/Aillwee+Cave,+Ballyvaughan,+Co.+Clareemail@example.com,-9.300667,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x485b41dad0f8b40b:0x6bf3c305b024f8dc!2m2!1d-8.9146911!2d52.6996573!1m5!1m1!1s0x485ba11bdeeab773:0xa4fa3594ae71264f!2m2!1d-9.1436674!2d53.0891282!3e0
The whole Burren area is absolutely worth a day trip if you’re visiting Ireland so be sure to visit all the great locations around the Burren. Check out this website if you’re looking for more ideas, http://www.burrennationalpark.ie/
Entry Fees for Aillwee Cave & Burren Bird of Prey centre are on their website here, http://www.aillweecave.ie/opening-times
My day was brilliant. From the second I drove up with all the lovely flags, I knew I was back. First on the list was naturally a cuppa or two and a good catch up with all my old friends.
Then it was off for a little walk through the woods and I believe there are all kinds of great activities happening there in the high season. The walking made me a bit hungry so it’s just as well that there was some delicious cheese and fudge there that needed tasting. The fact that the cheese is award winning makes it even more delicious.
The farmhouse is super cute, I almost didn’t want to walk over to see the birds.
The Bird of Prey centre is quite wonderful if I may say so myself. I learned so much from the information panels and the guys who work there. And the shows! They are amazeballs, that is the only word to describe it.
After I finished my cave tour, I realised that I had spent hours and hours here and it really is a day trip so be sure to give yourself enough time if you are going to visit.
What I’ve always loved is the staff so be sure to have a chat with them when you’re visiting. Before I sign off, check out this video from the Bird of Prey centre. https://www.facebook.com/540988015/videos/vb.540988015/10153177465818016/?type=3&theater
Obviously, I enjoyed my day there and if you have any questions, just send them my way.