Eagles Flying is one of the major tourist attractions in the northern part of Ireland and Irelands largest sanctuary for Birds of Prey and Owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre.
They are situated near Ballymote in County Sligo on 27 ha of mature parklands. This is home to over 100 Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Falcons and Vultures.
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!
Their shows start at 11am & 3pm daily and run for 60 minutes approximately. When weather is unsuitable their shows are 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. These birds have a wingspan of greater than 3 metres and weigh nearly 14kg. Eagles Flying are one of the few Zoos in the World keeping this species.
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.
Eagles Flying Opening Times
- From 1st April to 7th November
- 10:30 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 16:30
Flying Demonstrations commence 11.00 and 15.00 daily and last for 1 hour.
Eagles Flying Admission Prices
- Adults €9.90
- Children (age 3-16) €5.90
- Under 3s FREE
- Students €8.00
- Family (2+2) €29.90 with additional child €4.90
Contact Eagles Flying
“Thank you for a great demonstration and a lovely afternoon its was amazing.”
Posted by Petra and Rainer Schmitt
“Went today the sun was shining and it was amazing, such a beautiful place to visit, the show was out of this world I loved it and the staff are just amazing very nice and friendly! I loved when the birds landed on my hand was just amazing to be that close to them! Defo go there again :) ”
Posted by Amanda Boylan
“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 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 by Alison