Places to Visit in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Republic of Ireland
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Unlike the vast caverns you may have encountered, Aillwee Cave is unique to the geology of the Burren and it enables you to explore a little of what lies under this unique landscape.
This stunning creation of nature was formed by the melt waters of a prehistoric ice age. The cave, carved out of limestone, cuts into the heart of the mountain.
The story of Aillwee Cave began millions of years ago when streams sinking underground on Aillwee Mountain started dissolving channels through the lines of weakness in the limestone.
About one million years ago the ice age began and from then until fifteen thousand years ago Ireland's climate alternated between arctic coldness and warmer periods, freezing and melting over the centuries.
This melting water roared and crashed its way through an underground channel greatly enlarging the passage and bringing with it large quantities of sand and silts which are still present in the inner cave today. Aillwee is one of the most ancient caves in the Burren and perhaps in Ireland.
Introducing a new and exciting attraction at Aillwee Cave, the Burren Birds of Prey & Educational Centre, home to the largest display of birds of prey in Ireland. Open fronted aviaries enable visitors to see these magnificent birds up close and personal. Marvel at these birds in dramatic free flight during the daily flying displays. An experience not to be missed.
Farm Shop, Gift Shops, Restaurant, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Ample Car and Coach Parking, Cheese Making Tour, Group Tours and School Tours welcome.
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