Irelands largest sanctuary for Birds of Prey and Owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on 27 ha of mature parklands near Ballymote in County Sligo. Currently it is home of about 100 Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons and Vultures.
Established in 1999 as an institution for research on birds of prey, it opened to the public in 2003. Only a few years later it is one of the major tourist attractions in the northern part of Ireland. Thousands of visitors flock to see the spectacular flying demonstrations with Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Vultures and Owls of different species. Twice daily scientists train these birds for visitors and give information about the biology of these magnificent creatures. They also answer questions from the audience. During these highly entertaining and interactive Bird Shows visitors can experience different types of birds of prey flying closely over their head or landing right beside them. Some of the birds can even be touched. If you are lucky you may even hold one of the birds. You surely have never been that close to a bird of prey!
The birds are presented in a natural environment and not in a yard or arena!
The shows start at 11 am and 3 pm every day and last for approximately one hour. In case of unsuitable weather the shows will be presented indoors.
Before and after the shows the visitors can walk the parklands and enjoy the birds displayed in aviaries or on perches close to the walking path. For the ones who prefer it more cuddly there is also a large supervised pet-zoo with guinea-pigs, pigs, rabbits, lambs, goats, donkeys, ferrets and many more. Altogether there are more than 350 birds and animals in the centre out of 75 different species.
Eagles Flying is accredited as EU Zoo and cooperates on an international basis with other Zoos and Wildlife Centres breeding endangered species. The sanctuary is especially renowned for its successful breeding programme of Himalayan Vultures, some of the largest birds of prey in the World. They have a wingspan of more than 3 metres and reach a weight of nearly 14 kg. There are only a few Zoos in the World keeping this species. Such breeding programmes are extremely important, as vultures suffer dramatic declines in the wild.
The show area can seat more than 550 people per show. Booking is not essential, but the team appreciates a short notice, if you intend to bring bigger groups.
From 1st April to 7th November
10:30 to12:30 and 14:30 - 16:30
Flying Demonstrations commence 11.00 and 15.00 daily and last for 1 hour.
Adults €9.00 and Children (age 3-16) €5.50
Under 3s FREE and Students €8.00
Family (2+2) €27.00 with additional child €4.50.
Coming on the N4 from DUBLIN or SLIGO you take the N17 towards Galway at Collooney roundabout. After you pass through Ballinacarrow take the 1st official road left, following the sign to Temple House. Before entering the white gate of Temple House you turn left towards Ballymote. The next road to the left will take you to our entrance.
Had a great time at Eagles Flying even in the very cold, wet weather. The owners are very nice and the rest of the staff too and were very good with our boisterous 2 year old. We had to keep him still sometimes to avoid scaring the birds and he loved being able to be so close to them. The two pot belly pigs and the huge pig were a great hit with him too. Would recommend it to all ages. Make sure you get directions first! Posted: 219 days ago by Maria We had a brilliant afternoon in Eagles Flying this week. Learnt loads and saw some amazing birds of prey up close. Hopefully I can return with some younger members of my family because I know they would love it. The racoon and the chinchilla were like the surprise added bonus of the afternoon. Posted: 648 days ago by Alison