Doolin Cave, just north of the Doolin’s main B&B area, is home to the world’s second largest stalactite. Friendly and knowledgeable guides lead guests down 125 steps, 210 feet below the earth to the main cavern, where they can behold the 8 million year old natural formation.
Doolin Cave is an undiscovered gem of sorts. While the Cliffs of Moher, just south of Doolin, receive over 11 million visitors per year, only a minuscule fraction of those guests, (around 23,000), make it to Doolin Cave. So, while the tour busses are making their way to the Cliffs of Moher, you can take the road less travelled, and visit the world’s second largest stalactite. At nearly 8 meters (24 feet), it’s a wonderful sight to behold!
Brave spelunkers J.M. Dickenson and Brian Varley discovered the stalactite back in 1952. Luckily, today’s guests are treated to much larger hallways and staircases than they were when it was discovered. Be warned, however, that this tour does involve a lot of tight spaces, and if you’re very tall, you may have to walk doubled over at the waist.
After your tour of Doolin Cave, be sure to take some time to explore the beautiful grounds and nature walk back on the surface!