Today we leave for Co. Clare, about an hour’s drive to Lisdoonvarna, You will visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher; take a walk on these unspoiled cliffs there since the dawn of time. Stop by the visitor’s center and learn the history of these cliffs see photos of them long ago, A suburb gift store, a restaurant for lunch. We will take you to Doolin a small village on the coast And you will visit the Doolin Cave. From the moment you descend over 80ft into the first tunnel, on a fully guided tour, you will enter a world carved by water. Donning your hardhat, you will follow the rough-hewn route of the early explorers who first discovered the cave. When you enter the stunning, cathedral-like dome that houses the huge stalactite, you will be briefly plunged into a world of primitive darkness. Then, in a flash, you will be awed as the subtly-lit stalactite appears before you. And, far below, a magical stream carries to the hills outside, the water that carved the primeval world around you.
History of Doolin Cave
In modern times the cave was discovered in 1952 by J.M. Dickenson and Brian Varley of Craven pothole Club based in the Yorkshire Dales. They were students at the time charting the caves of the Burren area with their university. They left their group on Whitsunday and went exploring on their own. They noticed a small stream disappeared at the bottom of a huge limestone cliff. They pulled back some boulders and dug their way into a narrow passage and managed to wriggle their way for about a quarter of a mile until they reached the large chamber that contains the Great Stalactite.
We return to the lovely Hydro Hotel in Lisdoonvarna have dinner, later in the evening you will meet the Matchmaker Willie Daly in private, he will work magic if you wish! You can dance and be merry in many places in Lisdoonvarna walking distance to your hotel.