The Ballyvaughan Farmers Market is a small market with a wide array of produce, food and high-quality crafts. The vendors are super friendly. It’s a great lunch stop en route to the Aillwee Cave Bird of Prey Centre. Our kids loved the gluten-free crêpes. My favorite was the german bratwurst on irish bread roll - yum!
DIRECTIONS The Ballyvaughan Farmers Market is held in the village hall and car park which makes it hard to miss. Ballyvaughan itself is located on the N67 road on the south shores of Galway Bay, in the northwest corner of the Burren.
TIP Don't be afraid to ask for samples. There are only a few tables and chairs, so be prepared to eat on the go. Don't buy cheese here; there’s a great opportunity to get some at the Ailwee Cave Farmshop.
Seeing these majestic creatures up close and personal at the Aillwee Cave Bird of Prey Centre was such a treat for the kids. The passionate staff, who genuinely care about the birds’ well-being, made it all the more enjoyable. Do not miss the live flying display—it's breathtaking!
DIRECTIONS Five minute drive from the farmers market. Well signposted.
TIP Some of the hawks are on perches (not in cages), so make sure your little ones don't get too close. Only sit on the upper-left stand (as you look at the seating) for the live flying display if you don't mind being brushed with the birds’ wings as they fly overhead.
The 35 minute tour of the caves is perfect for toddlers (as long as they aren't afraid of the dark). Aillwee Cave is not the most awe-inspiring natural wonder, but it is lots of fun and a nice, safe way to experience caving with the family.
DIRECTIONS Aillwee Cave is a quick drive up the hill from the Bird of Prey Centre to the car park for the cave itself.
TIP It's chilly and damp inside the cave (ten degrees celsius all year round) so bring a warm sweater.