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“Wow: the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Doolin Cave

Doolin Cave
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Doolin
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A Stunning Underworld Experience, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave is one of Europe's most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly unique and breathtaking experience:- the largest stalactite in the Norhern Hemisphere. Doolin Cave has a Farmland Nature Trail, which is FREE for its visitors.We have unusual breeds of chickens, sheep, cattle and alovely pygmy goat called Minnie, with her little kid called Vincent Van Goat or Vinnie for short.We have also planted lots of native trees and shrubs and wildflower meadows. Our cafe serves lovely fresh salads, soups, breads and homemade cakes We are very proud to announce that we have recently been awarded a Gold Award from Ecotourism Ireland. Hurray!
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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“Wow: the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

This was a great place to visit with my two children (aged 12 and 8). We've visited Aillwee Cave many times, but had not made it to Doolin, and a trip was long overdue.

We arrived just in time for a tour and were fortunate to have Jim guide us through the cave; he is a natural storyteller and I'm sure his presence made the tour even more entertaining and informative. The site entrance where the cave was originally discovered is unbelievably tiny and would be inaccessible for the majority of people; a vertical shaft has been sunk into the cave so that visitors can enter in comfort - therefore yes, there are Lots of steps to climb down - and back up!
The tour is very interesting with lots of information about the cave, how the shaft and tunnel were created taking care not to damage the stalactite or other features, and plans for more areas to be opened to the public in the future.
And the Great Stalactite is indeed an amazing sight: it's Huge!

Once we'd finished the tour and climbed back up the steps we walked around the nature trail and visited the spot where the cave was first discovered, before returning to the Centre's cafe for yummy home-made cakes and a refreshing pot of tea. And I couldn't resist buying a piece of pottery created with glacial clay from deep within the Cave. Everyone at the Centre was exceptionally friendly and welcoming.
We'll definitely return for a 2nd visit.

The Cave entrance and visitor centre is located a short distance north of Doolin village, near Ballinalacken Castle.

Recommendation: wear sturdy, waterproof footwear as it's quite damp underfoot, and a fleece/sweater to keep out the chill.
The cave is probably not suitable for those with mobility issues, as currently the entrance involves walking down many steps.

Visited August 2012
Thank Sarnia G
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Pensacola, Florida
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“Great if you don't mind the exercise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

If you're afraid of dark places, beware. Have always been interested in these sorts of places so if you like Earth science, you're in for a treat! Dress warm and wear comfy shoes. Flights of stairs to climb!

Visited October 2011
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“Great Excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I brought a group of children here and everybody had a great time. Our tour guide was very nice and patient with the children that were with me. The cave itself is incredible, definitely well worth a visit.

Visited June 2012
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Ballina, Ireland
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“well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

very interesting to see, but be ready for lots of steps to climb.. but the tour guide was lovely and took his time with the long climb back up the stairs!!

Visited September 2012
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Riga, Latvia
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“Excellent guide and breathtaking views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

There are two key values at this place that made our visit just perfect - the great stalactyte in the main chamber and the guide who presented it (and the rest of the cave) so well. It was a great experience to follow the stream of water that created the caves along with the story of two young lads who discovered it, and the effects of darkness or glowing stalactytes enhanced it even more.
And if the name of your guide is Brian, ask him everything you would like to know - he knows the caves and what he talks about them from his own extensive experience, and seemed to be ready and willing to share the knowledge.

Visit it self took some hour or so, and for us it was a nice extra-stop after visiting the very famous Cliffs of Moher nearby.

Visited September 2012
Thank Margrietina
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