Crag Cave - Castleisland
Crag Cave is located in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, it was found in 1983 and is deemed to be over one million years old. It is a fascinating and extraordinary underground experience, that takes you below ground. The caves are formed in elevated limestone rock, and the system is 3.8 kilometres in length, of surveyed passage on two levels, visitors are taken through 400 metres of its unspoilt and natural configuration. It is the 10th longest cave system in the country and is regarded as one best examples of a limestone cave in Ireland. Temperatures in the cave are around a constant ten degrees celcius throughout the year.
There is lots to see, with a number of chambers in the cave, including the Cathedral and the Crystal Gallery. Features include some interesting pillars, stalagmites and stalactites, flowstone, in addition to other impressive natural limestone formations. The lightening they have added provides an exquisite and sublime atmosphere.
Visitors are given a guided tour of the cave that lasts about thirty minutes. There is an allocated pathway that curves away past a maze of side passages, from here you can hear the distant sound of underground streams and rivers that criss cross through the depths. The experienced guides are friendly and engaging, making the tours both fun and interesting, you will get to hear all about the stunning formations, get lots of facts and be introduced to a world that is older than mankind. The ground underfoot can be slippery so it is advisable to wear suitable footwear.
Crazy Cave is an indoor and outdoor softplay activity centre, that is well laid out. It consists of a three level play area, complete with slides, ballpool, cannon guns, baby areas, soccer pitch and much more.
The Garden Restaurant is cosy and welcoming, it serves a delicious range of signature dishes, light lunches and delicious home-cooked baked goods, all made from local produce. There is also a pleasant Gift Shop that has a nice range of gifts, crafts, souvenirs and lots more.
A visit to Crag Cave will enthral and fascinate all ages, and is the perfect all weather attraction.