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Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey Centre


Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre gives your family a chance to explore its weirdly shaped underworld and enjoy unexpected freedom with majestic Birds of Prey. At our Farmshop indulge in the tasty rewards of smoky cheese or sweet fudge.

Guided Cave Tour @ Aillwee and Visit to Bird of Prey Centre

Aillwee Cave and its Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare is a very special place in the heart of the Burren. Let our staff at Aillwee Cave 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. The Birds of Prey Centre is home to one of the largest and most varied collection of Birds of Prey in the Ireland – Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures. Daily Flying displays provide a rare opportunity to see many of these wonderful species in dramatic free flight set against the Burren Landscape.

  • Duration; 2-3 hrs
  • Open: daily from 10am
  • Price from: €15 per person. Family Rates available.
  • Suitable for: Everyone although children need to be accompanied by an adult. Also smaller children need to be carried as buggies cannot go into the cave.

Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre received the ‘Best Entertaining Team’ Award of 2019 from The Irish Hospitality Awards and continues to be Highly Commended as ‘Family Venue of The Year’ in 2019 and 2018 after receiving the award in 2017.

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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.

  • Duration: 1 hour+ The hawk walk includes also entry to Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre.
  • Open: Daily, Hawk Walks must be booked in advance
  • Price: €95 per person
  • Suitable for: Everyone although children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Burren Gold Cheese making and sampling at Aillwee

The Burren in North Clare is the birthplace of this Award Winning Farmhouse Cheese Burren Gold.  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.

  • Open: Monday – Friday, March – October. Early morning till lunch time is when our cheese is made. Farm Shop open every day from 10am

Relax in the friendly Tearoom with a coffee and scone or drink a glass of wine on the terrace and enjoy the most breathtaking views of Galway Bay and The Wild Atlantic Way.

Browse our two wonderful Gift and Craft Shops and see our breathtaking 2019 collections, where you can find gifts for every occasion.

Open all year, last week of November and all December by appointment

Car and Coach Park

GPS: N 53 05.348, W 9 08.619
Decimal Degrees (WGS84): 53.089131, -9.143656
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: N53 05 20, W9 08 37

To apply for this job email your details to tracy@aillweecave.ie

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