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Aillwee Cave

Ballycahill, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland

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About Aillwee Cave

Aillwee Cave is Ireland's Premier Showcave. The cave system consists of over a kilometre of passages leading into the heart of the mountain. Its features include an underground river and a waterfall as well as some large stalactites and stalagmites. The remains of bears can also be seen inside the caves and allusions have been made to it being the last bear den in Ireland. The cave is typical of the Clare caves, consisting in the main of stream passage and ending in a sump.


Attractions near Aillwee Cave

Newtown Castle2.34km from Aillwee Cave

A beautiful and distinctive 16th century fortified tower house, built originally for a branch of the O‘Briens and passing thereafter into the possession of the powerful local family of the O’Loghlens. The Castle is mostly cylindrical in shape but rises from a square pyramidical base. It is today part of the Burren College of Art. The castle is available for hire as a wedding venue and conference event location.

Corkscrew Hill2.52km from Aillwee Cave

Corkscrew Hill is a hill in County Clare and has an elevation of 102 metres. Corkscrew Hill is situated northeast of Doonyvardan, close to Gregan's Castle Hotel. A good trekking destination and also there are so many things to see and do here.

Poulnabrone Dolmen4.51km from Aillwee Cave

Poulnabrone Dolmen is Ireland’s oldest megalithic monument and an epic portal tomb made up of massive stones. It is the best known and most often photographed of the almost 200 dolmens in Ireland because of its near perfect symmetry. Excavations at the site in the 1980's CE uncovered human remains and grave goods, establishing the site as an ancient tomb, but it may have served other purposes as well.

Cahermacnaghten6.24km from Aillwee Cave

Cahermacnaghten is a ringfort south of Ballyvaughan in the Burren area, in County Clare, Ireland. It, or a nearby building, is the site of the famous O'Davoran law school. The fort is a National Monument.

Corcomroe Abbey6.67km from Aillwee Cave

Corcomroe Abbey is beautifully situated on the edge of the rocky hills of the Burren. It is best known for its lonely situation, lying close to another interesting monastic settlement, a group of three small early Christian Churches which nestle in the pass of Oughtmana and which are dedicated to St. Colman. The church was constructed in the early 13th century and consists of a nave with an aisle on the south side

Gleninagh Castle6.81km from Aillwee Cave

Gleninagh Castle is an L-shaped tower rom the 16th century. It was a stronghold of the powerful O'Loughlin family, who controlled much of North Clare, until the late 19th Century. The parish also contains the lighthouse on Black Head.

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County Clare is a county in Ireland, in the Mid-West Region and the province of Munster, bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Clare County Council is the local authority. The county had a population of 118,817 at the 2016 census. The county town and largest settlement is Ennis.