The Burren Rocks

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The Burren Rocks – 28th and 29th May 2016

Bedrock, Boulders and Bears

The Burren Rocks Festival combines outdoor activity and adventure with geology and the landscape. Get immersed in all that is the Burren – walk it, cycle it, hike it, kayak it, climb it and explore it. Discover fascinating landmarks and important geological sites all over the Burren, above ground and below.

This years festival sees us celebrating 40 years of Aillwee Cave with walks, talks and an exhibition of bear remains taking place on Aillwee mountain. Sunday afternoon will see Edward bear Aillwee’s resident celebrating his landmark birthday with a teddy bears picnic for all the family to enjoy, bring your own or pick one up at the Aillwee farm shop.

The Burren Rocks proves that learning about our history and landscape can be fun and exciting, especially here in the Burren. Where else can you learn climb a mountain or two, or take a stroll through some of Ireland’s most stunning nature? All the while learning how the Burren was formed millions of year ago and how it use to lie at the bottom of an ocean.

Event Schedule

Saturday Events

All Day – Exhibition from the Natural History Museum of Bear Remains @ Aillwee Cave 

Aillwee Cave BearThe Natural History collections of the Natural History Musuem comprise approximately two million specimens with a number of specimens on bear remains.

The animals found in Ireland today inhabit a landscape that was scoured by ice on a number of occasions over the last 100,000 years. At the later stages of this Ice Age, animals such as the giant deer Megaloceros giganteus lived in an Ireland with a climate similar to ours. They shared their landscape with woolly mammoths, spotted hyenas and brown bears.

Free Event 

 

All Day – Cave Tours of Aillwee Cave 

Celebrating 40 years of Failte in 2016. Let the staff at AILLWEE CAVE welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this area. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Unique Cave Features Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears bones (ursos arctos).

Book with Aillwee Cave, Tel: 065 7077036. Festival discount applies. 20% discount off cave tours when you mention Burren Rocks

 

IMG_0746-for-web9.30am – Rock Climbing in the Burren

The Burren is well known for its rocky limestone landscape and this also makes it one of the centres of rock climbing in Ireland. Rock climbing is scaling the steep rock faces using your agility, strength and balance. A great way to explore the Burren!

What to bring: Wear runners, soft boots and suitable clothes for outdoors – leggings or tracksuits. don’t forget the Sunscreen or rainwear!

All other specialist equipment supplied.

Book with The Burren Outdoor Education Centre, Tel: 065 7078066. Festival discount applies.

 

10:30am – Walking on Rocks with Adventure Burren

Explore the Burren like they do with walks taking you off the beaten track to ancient monuments and wallscapes.

Book with Adventure Burren, Tel: 087 224 4569

 

11am – Archaeology Cycle tour of the Burren – Cancelled 

Janet-and-bike-on-rocksTake a guided bike ride through the archaeological landscape of the Burren. starting at Aillwee Cave and taking in the sites of Cahermore, Cahermacnaghten, Poulnabrone.

Book with e-Whizz, Tel: 087 627 7000

Cost €10pp for those with their own bikes and €40pp including electric bike hire or €25 for a normal bike.

 

2pm – Caving in the Burren

Caving-for-webCaving is a really adventurous activity, which offers a rare opportunity to explore the underground stream ways of the Burren.

What to bring: A set of old clothes to wear while caving.

All specialist equipment provided.

Book with The Burren Outdoor Education Centre, Tel: 065 7078066. Festival discount applies.

 

3pm – Talk: Brown bears in the Irish Ice Age @ Aillwee Cave 

Nigel Monaghan keeper of the Natural History Division of the National Museum of Ireland visits the Burren to give a talk on Brown Bears in the Irish Ice Age.

Free Event 

 

4pm – Birds of Prey Flying Display @Aillwee

Since 2008 the BURREN BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE has been educating and entertaining visitors with dynamic flying displays set against the dramatic Burren Landscape.  Interact and get up close and personal with the birds during a dynamic Flying display.

Book with Aillwee Cave, Tel: 065 7077036.

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Sunday Events

All day – Exhibition from the Natural History Museum of Bear Remains @ Aillwee Cave 

Aillwee Cave BearThe Natural History collections of the Natural History Musuem comprise approximately two million specimens with a number of specimens on bear remains.

The animals found in Ireland today inhabit a landscape that was scoured by ice on a number of occasions over the last 100,000 years. At the later stages of this Ice Age, animals such as the giant deer Megaloceros giganteus lived in an Ireland with a climate similar to ours. They shared their landscape with woolly mammoths, spotted hyenas and brown bears.

Free Event

 

All Day – Cave Tours of Aillwee Cave 

Celebrating 40 years of Failte in 2016. Let the staff at AILLWEE CAVE welcome you to the dramatic underworld of this area. Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour. The tour consists of a 30 minute stroll through the beautiful caverns – over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! Unique Cave Features Marvel at the frozen waterfall and explore the now extinct brown bears bones (ursos arctos).

Book with Aillwee Cave, Tel: 065 7077036. 20% discount off cave tours when you mention Burren Rocks

 

10:30am – Climbing on Rocks with Adventure Burren

Explore the Burren like they do with climbing tours taking you off the beaten track to mountains and wallscapes.

Book with Adventure Burren, Tel: 087 224 4569

 

1pm – Teddy Bear Picnic with Aillwee’s resident Bear, Edward @Aillwee

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Come and celebrate Eddie Bear’s life, times and 40th Birthday at Aillwee Cave during his special celebratory picnic. Bring your own Teddies along and have The Irish Red Cross give them the once over as part of the ‘Triage Your Teddy’ initiative.  Enjoy your own picnic in Our Woodland Craft Village or pick up our Burren Gold Cheese picnic boxes available for sale at The Farm Shop.

Edward Bear has had an eventful life, keeping a close eye on activities at Aillwee and out in the world. Read about his advenures here

Free event

Picnics available from the Aillwee Farm Shop. Call the Farm shop to order yours, Tel: 065 7077036

 

Doolin Cave Stalactite2pm – From daylight to stalactite tour @ Doolin Cave

A unique and educational experience not to be missed. Discover the Burren overground and underground with a guided tour of Doolin Cave and the Doolin Cave Nature Trail. the tour takes in the various rock formations and diverse flora that are unique to the Burren.

Book with Doolin Cave, Tel: 065707 8066. Cost €20pp

 

4pm – Birds of Prey Flying Display @Aillwee

Since 2008 the BURREN BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE has been educating and entertaining visitors with dynamic flying displays set against the dramatic Burren Landscape.  Interact and get up close and personal with the birds during a dynamic Flying display.

Book with Aillwee Cave, Tel: 065 7077036.

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