Poll-an-lonain, a limestone cave in Doolin, Ireland, has the longest known free-hanging stalactite in Europe. It is 7.3 m in length and is known as the Great Stalactite. The cave was discovered in 1952 and it is assumed that the Great Stalactite was formed over thousands and thousands of years. The Doolin Cave opened to the public in 2006.

Doolin Caves (or Poll-an-Ionain) is a limestone cave near Doolin in County Clare, Ireland, on the western edge of The Burren. The cave is accessible as a show cave and is marketed as Doolin Cave.

The cave was discovered in 1952 by J. M. Dickenson and Brian Varley of Craven Pothole Club, an English caving club based in the Yorkshire Dales. Doolin Cave is member of the Burren Eco-tourism network and holds a gold award from Eco-tourism Ireland for standards of excellence in sustainable tourism.

Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. Visitors can hardly believe that it was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years.

Credit: Irish Tourism

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