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- Have done a couple of other visits to birds of prey centers, this one stands out, did the walking hawk tour, highlight of trip to area. Traveling w 14 yr old son who is knowledgeable about the creatures and he was enchanted. Great guide and beautiful setting. Didn't spend much time in the center it self, but it appeared nicely done.Written 23 October 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- If you are even thinking about visiting Caher Bridge Garden I urge you to go. You will not be disappointed.
You will be delighted to meet Carl who, for me, is simply a unique man and if you are remotely interested in any aspect of gardening then this is a must for you.Written 26 August 2022
- First the pricing needs to be looked at. You SHOULD NOT have to book the cave and bird centre as one ticket, it can make it very expensive. There should be a ticket for the cave and then an add on extra if you want to go to the birds of prey.
On the whole the cave is enjoyable and our guide was very nice and very knowledgeable, the trip lasts about 45 minutes and that’s because of all the stops. The bird of prey demonstration is by far the highlight. The show and it’s birds and handlers are fantastic and shouldn’t be missed.Written 26 August 2022
- This is an impressive feature that stretches for miles. It’s even better if you cycle through it as you get a better experience through the windy roads!Written 12 August 2022
- Castle wasn't open and you will want to park nearby and walk back. Wonderful architecture and setting.Written 5 December 2022
- This art school is lovely and the staff is very friendly and they have a lovely treasure. This treasure is the beautifully restored castle. They tradesmans whom restore this castle do a beautiful job restoring so we can visit it and view the beauty.Written 13 October 2019
- Great walk for experienced mountaineers, not for novices. Pints in monks afterwards"mint". We completed in 1hr 42mins but we are extremely fit. Passed a lot of Americans on the wayWritten 24 April 2019
- It's a beautiful castle down the end of a lane we thought would never end. We went in the freezing month of November but it was fantastic to see and the views are amazing along the shore. Lots of little treasures to see in the area.Written 27 November 2021
- It is well worth a visit if you are fascinated by ancient history and megalithic tombs. Not for casual tourists.I’m not sure if other reviews here are accurate. I think some may be confusing this with the Poulnabrone Dolmen that is close by, and very well signposted with paths and information displays.
Poulawack Cairn is off the beaten track. The road is well signposted, but the Cairn itself is not very accesible. To get from the road involved traversing the rugged stony landscape prevalent in the Burren, so it is not for everyone. There is no path, and does involve climbing over stone walls. It took approximately 25 minutes to get from the road to the Cairn. There is a risk of injury, the gaps between the stones can by misleadingly deep. We found the cairn by following google maps, as the signposts stop at the roadside.
Poulnawack is the final resting place for numerous people, so should be respected as a burial site. It is a very quiet place, perfect for contemplation. If you do decide to visit, respect the area. Take nothing but memories (and photographs), leave nothing behind.Written 2 August 2021
- Small but lovely cemetery with many Celtic crosses. All that remains of the church are three walls, yet nestled amongst the graves (and with some graves inside the walls), with vines growing up the walls, it still has a sacred air about it. The views are of the surrounding landscape, which includes some curious cattle. This is not a place to drive hours to see, but if you’re nearby it is a worthwhile stop.Written 30 March 2018
- We did an about-take when we spotted this tiny church-like structure approx. 4km from Ballyvaughan on the R477 Wild Atlantic Way drive. We discovered that it was a small freshwater spring flowing into a rock basin. It had been covered with a Gothic Revival style structure with corbelled rubble-stone roof, stone gable copings and corner pinnacles, faux corner buttresses and an arched doorway. The structure was built in 1860. There is a small sigh on the interior grotto wall that reads; "Clare Council, Drinking Water, Please Keep Clean". The site is also regarded as a Holy Well judging by the few religious tokens in a wall recess.Written 13 June 2019
- We saw this simple but unusual monument when passing through the town and took a photo for later research. It was difficult to obtain information but eventually I discovered that it was called a Waterworks Marker, erected in appreciation of the contribution by Henry, Baron Annaly in 1872. It was erected by the Board of Guardians of the Ballyvaughan Union in 1875. The marker is constructed of limestone, square in shape with an extruded top. and with plaques in recognition of the gift and the construction of he waterworks. Its more than just a marker.Written 13 June 2019
- A truly amazing bar. Definitely the best bar experience I have ever had worldwide. Margaret is a gem, and her Irish Coffees and her cocktails are done with pride and perfection.
Unbelievable selection of whiskeys.
Gets really busy, but that is to be expected. Great place to chat with other visitors.Written 5 August 2022
- This gallery has some interesting crafts and art work but nothing that was so outstanding I would make a special trip for shop. If in area stop otherwise skipWritten 13 November 2016
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- From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher including Cliffs of Moher cruise.
- Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip, Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, and Doolin from Galway
- From Galway: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren.
- From Galway: Cliffs of Moher Explorer Tour - 5 hour stop at the Cliffs of Moher
- From Ennis: Guided tour of Cliffs of Moher and The Burren
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