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West Clare Area
Maximum height for area: 391 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 365 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 51, 52, 57, 58 For all tops   Highest summit: Slievecallan, 391m
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Aillwee Hill Clare County, in Binnion List, fossiliferous limestone with chert Bedrock

Height: 304m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 51 Grid Reference: M25546 05444 This summit has been logged as climbed by 22 members. Recently by: conormcbandon, Jamessheerin, omurchu, lw24, shaunkelly, frankmc04, jackill, sandman, Miranda, wicklore, Djouce, dtlibra, TommyV, chalky, Flatout
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Longitude: -9.112138, Latitude: 53.094672 , Easting: 125546, Northing: 205444 Prominence: 145m,   Isolation: 6.7km
ITM: 525512 705476,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Ailwe, 10 char: Aillwee
Bedrock type: fossiliferous limestone with chert, (Fahee North Member)

Aillwee is the 1143th highest summit in Ireland.

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great views with little challenge .. by group   (Show all for Aillwee)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Aillwee in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Looking south to Ailwee from Moneen
 
A rugged approach
by wicklore  4 Sep 2015
In 2014 I took a route starting on the N67 coast road several kms north of Aillwee. This took me over two smaller rugged hills named Kiloghil and Moneen before reaching Aillwee. This approach showed the best of the Burren landscape –areas of limestone crisscrossed with clints (blocks or broad areas of limestone) and grykes (fissures between the blocks), rugged, thorny bushes and colourful flowers. There are also lots of high limestone steps to negotiate which involved pulling myself up on various occasions. The tangled thorny growth that protrudes from between the rock also made navigation tricky in places. After a careful descent of the limestone steps to the south of Moneen I reached the track referred to by Sandman in his comment. The track leads up past the flat summit of Aillwee. It is a disappointing summit to reach after the excitement and challenge of the approach journey. The broad flattish summit of Aillwee is grassy, and is crisscrossed by tracks. I used these to find my down to reach a point on the R480 to the SW of Aillwee to complete a 12 km walk.

Aillwee is home to the famous Aillwee cave. It was discovered by a local man, Jack McGann when his dog chased a rabbit down a hole. Curiously, Jack did not tell anyone about the cave for 30 years. In 1973 he told some cavers about it. The rest (commercial development) is history. Because of streams carving out tunnels in the soft limestone, the Burren area is home to many cave systems that are still being discovered today. Doolin Cave has opened to the public in recent years and features the largest Stalactite in the northern hemisphere, at 23 feet. Their blurb poetically puts it that ‘. Visitors can hardly believe that it was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years’. Having seen it in person, after a gruelling 8 storey climb down a circular stairway followed by a series of tunnels and caves, I can tell you that Doolin Cave is impressive. The Burren caves were back in the news recently when a father and son were rescued after spending 28 hours lost in the extensive Pollnagollum cave complex on Slieve Elva (Another MountainViews listed summit)

I read that in previous times local farmers had to become experts in managing broken legs in cattle due to the infinite amount of fissures/grykes in the limestone that cattle could stumble into. One account was about a local man on Aillwee who had a special recipe of swaddling, tar and herbs to wrap the broken legs in, which promoted recovery. This same man also spoke about, as a boy, how he explored all the old farmsteads of Aillwee that had been abandoned in the Famine as their owners died or emigrated. He talked of finding everything from whiskey to money in the old stone walls. Many decades later, as I strolled up the slopes of Aillwee, I had to watch my own step as I navigated across the same fissures in the rock, and wondered if any of the ruins I saw were where he had found his treasure as a boy. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1134/comment/18287/
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Art or practicality? .. by wicklore   (Show all for Aillwee)
 
Barred Access .. by Jamessheerin   (Show all for Aillwee)
 
Rural Development .. by sandman   (Show all for Aillwee)
 
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