Going to Ailwee Cave

Walking in the Ailwee Cave

Walking in the Ailwee Cave

We have almost completed our trip around the Burren in County Clare. I was aware that Burren is a karst landscape and usually karst means there should be caves nearby. The map we had also showed that there is a nearby cave and we intend to go there. It was bright and sunny that morning but it has turned cloudy. I was fearing it might rain and it would ruin our last destination. I hope the Irish weather would stay true to its nature and change again by the time we get there. The cave is known as the Ailwee Cave and it was recommended to me by good friend.

Following the Path in Ailwee Cave

Following the Path in Ailwee Cave

I didn’t know about this cave but it was worth a visit. Unsurprisingly, the cave was along the side of a mountain. The story is that a farmer discovered the cave by following his dog which was chasing a rabbit. He didn’t get very far in the cave since it was blocked but he didn’t tell anyone of the cave until thirty years later. Eventually, the blockage was removed and another tunnel was built to complete the route for the cave. I thought it was disappointing that the cave had to be modified from its natural state but I guess it is all for tourism and not all tourists would want to scramble through rocks just to see what was inside.

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