Limestone caves in Cloonagh Bridge

Crag Cave

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Crag Cave is a cave in Ireland, located just outside Castleisland, County Kerry.

Formed in elevated limestone rock, the system extends to 3.8 kilometres (2.4 mi) of surveyed passage, on two levels. It is the 6th-longest cave system in the Republic of Ireland, and the 10th-longest in the whole of Ireland. While the Geological Survey of Ireland 1859 acknowledged the presence of 'caves worn by water, some of which can be traversed for some distance,' positive efforts at exploration were not made until 1981, when the upper part of the cave was explored to a sump. The sump was dived in 1983, providing the first access to the large caverns beyond.

Crag Cave runs under Castleisland itself, starting at Glounsharoon and ending on the far side of town at the Killarney Road. As the cave is located at a higher elevation than its surroundings, it offers a spectacular view of the McGillicuddy Reeks and Tralee Bay.

Show cave

Around 350 metres (1,150 ft) of the Crag Cave system was developed as a show cave by local residents, Dr. Donal and Mrs Margaret Geaney, under whose land the cave was first discovered. The cave was developed between 1987 and 1989 by building a shaft (which is the only man-made entrance) and putting in pathways, railings, lights and a music system. It was opened to the public on 20th May 1989.

The show cave attracts thousands of visitors every year. The tourists are given a guided tour of the cave which takes a half an hour. There are many beautiful chambers in the cave including the Cathedral and the aptly named Crystal Gallery.

The tourist centre contains a gift-shop, coffee shop and a children's play area.

See also

  • List of caves
  • Dingle Peninsula

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Kate Hall
6 July 2012
This is a great place to bring kids to run and play indoors & out. We had a brief tour of the cave with our kiddos 10,7 & 5 and a surprisingly delicious lunch! Recco the Crag club sandwich. Worth it!
Sandy Kang
18 March 2014
Fair cave in an otherwise sleepy area but may be worth holding out for doolin cave
Thorsten H
20 March 2019
Friendly and good for families.
Chema Aguilar
24 August 2014
Para días lluviosos. Cueva natural. Tienda. Restaurante. Piscinas de bolas, tobogán gigante, toro mecánico, castillo inflable, torre de escalada. Junto a café para vigilar de cerca a los niños. Wifi.
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