Things to do in Ballyvaughan

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Things to Do in Ballyvaughan


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  • ivor123
    Enfield, UK430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting. The staff who flew the birds was very knowledgeable and answered children's questions very happily. Those who asked questions got a chance to hold the bird on a gloved hand
    Written 18 September 2023
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  • MacyandDan
    San Diego, CA303 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This review is only for the cave tour itself. Would have loved to have seen the Birds of Prey show, but scheduling did not permit it. (We visited the cave as part of a small third party tour based out of Galway that was headed to the Cliffs of Moher.) The cave is located in a lovely area on the way to Cliffs, with nice scenery along the way. I am glad it was part of our tour, because it would be a long drive just to see the cave itself. I recall that the tour itself is less than 30 minutes. It is clean, mildly lit and starts in a nice little gift shop with clean restrooms. The tour itself is well designed, with a nice, even paved concrete path for those who are ambulatory inside the cave which was very well done, and it's generally well lit. There are some low cielings and large rocks sticking out, but the guide was careful to point these out. At one point, the guide will ask permission for all lights to go dark to show the true natural darkness of the cave, and only for a few seconds. Good picture opportunities of the water, stalagtites and stalagmites in the cave itself. The history of the cave is very interesting, as is the work that has been done to open it up to the public. There is a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats that reside in the cave, but sadly we were not able to see them. Highly recommend it if you happen to be in the area. Guides and staff were very nice and helpful.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • jdob53
    Greystones, Ireland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Caher Bridge garden is an absolute gem. Visited yesterday with friends, and had no idea of how wonderful an experience it was going to be. Every section is beautiful. You don’t expect to come across such a lush place in the Burren. The designer and creator, Carl Wright, is a man of extraordinary vision and talent. By the end of the visit, I found myself asking “Is there anything this man can’t do?”
    Returning in the spring is a must - can’t wait to see the dozens of varieties of Irish daffodils in flower!
    Written 18 August 2023
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  • Ciarrai2014
    County Kildare, Ireland677 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • Lury B
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • Robynlou8
    County Kildare, Ireland36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • buddestravels
    Frisco, Texas7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle wasn't open and you will want to park nearby and walk back. Wonderful architecture and setting.
    Written 5 December 2022
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  • Pat L
    Clonmel, Ireland5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 way
    Written 24 April 2019
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  • JOHN R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • SLWS1
    Cypress, TX1,125 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • betterthanwork
    Nottingham, UK1,341 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This church cannot be missed as you drive in along the main road into the village.
    A Roman Catholic church in the Gothic style, it was completed in 1866. Inside there are some attractive stained glass windows.
    Written 30 June 2023
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,596 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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