Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaughan.
Discovered in Jack McCann, a local farmer, in 1944, the 1000 feet long
cave is one of the oldest of the Burren Caves having formed millions of years ago.
Guided tours, lasting 30 minutes, allow you to observe beautiful caverns,
bridged chasms, underground waterfalls, weird mineral formations and the
hibernation chambers of brown bears which have been extinct in Ireland for centuries.
Facilities include a restaurant, craft shop, information desk and outside,
'The Hazelwood' crafts village.
Dún Guaire castle, Kinvara.
A 16th century castle that stands out prominently on the seashore. Named
after the 7th century King of Connaught, Guaire whose palace had occupied
the same site, the castle was built by the O'Hynes and later passed into
the hands of the O'Shaughnessy and then the Martyn clans. It was sold to
John Gogarty a poet and writer in 1924 who subsequenty sold it to Lady
The castle is open to the public and hosts medieval banquets with traditional
Irish music and story telling.
Originally built in 1277 by Thomas de Clare, the Norman-Irish Castle was destroyed
and rebuilt more than once in the centuries that followed.
It was captured by the O'Brien in 1355 and remained their headquarters until
1712. The MacNamara's, a sept of the O'Briens erected its present form in 1460 but
time took its toll upon the building until Viscount Gort bought it in 1954
and, with the aid of Bord Failte, had it restored by the Office of Public Works.
The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland and
boasts one of the finest collections of 14th-17th century material in these islands.
The castle and its contents are now held in trust for the nation. The establishment
is managed by the Shannon Development Company, which arranges medieval banquets on a
year-round basis. The castle is open to visitors daily during the year. Admission charge.
Bunratty Folk Park
Features a complete reconstruction of a 19th century village street,
including craft shops, general stores and post office. There are examples
of houses representing a variety of districts from west Clare to the rich
farmlands of Limerick. Traditional crafts of an earlier age may be observed
in action basket weaving, farriery, candle making and the home-baking of bread.
A collection of early agricultural machinery is also on show. In the folk
barn country style meals are served and entertainment provided music, story telling,
Irish dancing and songs.
Knappogue Castle, near Quin.
Originally a MacNamara stronghold, (built 1467). Restored in the 19th
century by Lord Dunboyne. The castle passed to the Land Commission in the
late 1920s and was re-sold in 1966. The new owner refurbished the interior
in 15th century style. The castle is open to visitors and medieval banquets
are served from March to October. Admission charge.
Burren Smokehouse, Lisdoonvarna.
Burren Smokehouse produce oak-smoked Irish Atlantic Salmon. The ancient tradition is explained in their
new visitors centre. Gourmet and Craft Shop. Audio-visual in English, German, French and Italian.
Burren Exposure, Ballyvaughan.
castle passed to the Land Commission in the
Located in the unique Burren, this new visitors' centre provides visitors with an overview of the area
and its unique landscape, its rich human history and its famous flora. Elaborate audio - visual
presentation synchronised large scale slide panoramas with soundscapes in 3 specially created
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