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The Doolin Cave System was first explored in 1953 by the University of Bristol Speleological Society. The system is over 10.5 kilometres in length, incorporating many active underground rivers flowing through the limestone. Its main entrance, the Fisherstreet Pothole is centrally located in the village.


  Distance from Doolin Difficulty
Slieve Elva Caves Poll na Gollum 9km Experienced
Poulawack 26km Experienced
Doolin Cave 4km Show Cave
Aillwee Cave 25km Show Cave

One of the greatest attractions for cavers to this area was the cave of Pol an Ionain, now known as Doolin Cave. It was developed as a show cave in 2006 and boasts ‘The Great Stalactite’ which is the largest free hanging stalactite anywhere in the world and one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience. For more information please visit their website at www.doolincave.ie

Another show cave in the area is Aillwee Cave near Ballyvaughan, 20 minutes drive from Doolin. Aillwee Cave has been developed as a show cave many years ago where visitors can be guided to explore the hibernation chambers of long extinct brown bears and other amazing underground sights. It is well signposted and you are bound to come across it on your trip through the Burren. And considering the Irish weather, there will always be a day for going underground.