Environmental and other Policies, Actions and Objectives

Our expert guides introduce our young visitors to the science and wonder of the dramatic underworld of this amazing landscape.

The cave tour itself covers 1/3 of a mile or 1/2 km ensuring that learning is combined with exercise. Aillwee is one of the most ancient caves in the Burren and perhaps in Ireland. The earliest history of the cave is preserved in its roof.

In the roof of Mud Hall are numerous twisting tunnels cut into the rock. These channels (anastomoses) were formed in a bedding plane above a layer of mud in the limestone by a small underground stream.

Over the millennia one of these tiny channels became enlarged into an almost circular tube filled with fast-moving water, the remains of this half tube are to be seen throughout the full length of the cave indicated the route of the major fast flowing watercourse, gradually the underground stream cut itself in a deep trench in the rock perhaps 20-30m deep.

The ice and snow all vanished over the years, the stream ceased to flow and gradually the cave walls in the canyonlike trench began to decay. Great blocks fell from the walls and mud was washed in, infilling the creating a floor.

Stalactites and stalagmites started to form and the cave began to look as we see it today.

Paths and lighting have been installed throughout, making the visit suitable for all ages.

Energy

To reduce our Energy consumption by 5% in 2020/2021 over 2018.

Waste

To reduce the waste we send to landfill by 150kg during 2020/2021. Front of House Wate Separation system introduced in 2019 to assist in this target.

Green Purchasing

To engage with our suppliers to reduce packaging by 10% during 2020/2021.

To increase useage of recycled paper products to 20% of all paper/cardboard purchased.

Community Social Responsibility through sustainable activity.

We continue to Support our charitable partners, ie The Golden Eagle Trust, Clare Memories, Vulture Conservation Research in Nepal, Cuineamh an Chlair, The Burren Gaels Ladies Football Club and several community and school fundraising efforts through out the county.

To engage in a local “Clean Up” twice a year in conjunction with the Burren Eco Tourism Network “Adopt a Hedgerow” scheme. To communicate quaterly ie. every 3 months our performance and achievements through our website and social media.

Community Social Responsibility through sustainable activity.
We continue to Support our charitable partners, ie The Golden Eagle Trust, Clare Memories, Vulture Conservation Research in Nepal, Cuineamh an Chlair, The Burren Gaels Ladies Football Club and several community and school fundraising efforts through out the county.

To engage in a local “Clean Up” twice a year in conjunction with the Burren Eco Tourism Network “Adopt a Hedgerow” scheme. To communicate quaterly ie. every 3 months our performace and achievements through our website and social media.

Interpretation & Guiding

We have sustained since 1976 a sound tradition of  welcoming to, educating about and intrepreting the Burren Region personally for our diverse groups of visitors. We achieve this year round; underground through fully guided cave tours and overground through narrated Flying Displays, one to one hawkwalks, bushcraft camps and masterclasses. All our employees engage in a comprehensive induction training course prior to starting work with us. For example, to invite our customers, visitors, suppliers and contractors to participate in our efforts to protect the environment, staff  training and awareness of  The Leave No Trace Seven Principles helps us to achieve this.

Sustainable Transport
Our website provides links to information on bus and rail services in the area.

While with us our visitors receive and are personally guided through a site map. They are encouraged to park their car and use the paths and/or the provided free of charge road train that connects all the facilities. These efforts minimise short and uneccessary car trips.

We also provide a secure bike and locker park for people visiting by foot or bicycle. From March 2015 we are adopting a ‘Have a free Cuppa Tea if you Cycle to me’ incentive and contunie to do so.

We intend communicate at least quarterly i.e., every three months, our performance & achievements through our website and on our social media sites.

AILLWEE CAVE

Our partners