Foynes (Limerick), Ireland
Burren Adventure & Irish Farm
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 8 Hours
Your tour today will set out from the small but justifiably-renowned village of Foynes, catapulted onto the world stage in 1939 with the landing of Pan American's luxury Yankee Clipper flying boat.
A motorcoach will transport through the magical countryside of the Burren -- an area of limestone rock set among imposing majestic mountains and tranquil valleys. With its extraordinary array of flora and wildlife, megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt's pyramids, the Burren creates a tapestry of color and holds a seductive charm.
You'll stop at Aillwee Cave. Discovered by a local farmer, Aillwee Cave was once inhabited by bears who liked its constant, mild temperature during their hibernation period. To this day, the 1,000-year-old remains of a bear can be seen. Your guide will tell the story of how the cave was discovered, and how it was formed millions of years ago. This magnificent discovery showcases geographical splendor of stalactites and stalagmites more than 5,000 years old.
Just yards from the cave, you will find the Burren Birds-of-Prey Centre. The center offers the largest and most varied collection of birds of prey in the country, and is home to eagles, falcons, hawks and owls from all over the globe. The staff will take you through the re-introduction program of red kites, and educate you in the ancient art of falconry. You may be surprised to hear about the environmental issues involved in protection and conservation of such beautiful creatures.
Re-board your motorcoach and continue through the magical countryside of County Clare to County Galway, where you will visit Rathbaun Farm for lunch. The Connolly family has farmed this land for 200 years. Nowadays, Fintan Connolly is in charge. You will be enchanted by the thatched cottage home, turf fire, stone walls and array of animals. Lunch is provided in the 150-year-old farmhouse, where you will enjoy the best the farm kitchen can provide.
After lunch, relax and take in the spectacular scenery as you travel through the breathtaking counties of Clare and Limerick before returning to Foynes.
Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. The terrain at the caves is uneven and can be slippery. The temperature inside the cave is cool, even on a warm day. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella.