Crag Cave

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Location: 1,5 km from Castleisland, Co. Kerry, 85 km from Limerick and 24 km from Killarney. (52°14'50.02"N, 9°26'36.58"W)
Open: 15-MAR to JUN daily 10-18.
JUL to AUG daily 10-18:30.
SEP to 01-NOV daily 10-18.
Last tour 30 min before closing.
Fee: Adults GBP 4, Students GBP 3, OAP GBP 3, Family GBP 12, Children (6-18) GBP 2. Group rates available.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave Speleologyriver cave. Carboniferous limestone.
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=3810 m.
Guided tours: L=380 m, D=30 min.
Bibliography: Donal O'Connor (1991): Crag Cave, Ireland's most exciting show cave. (booklet)
Address: Crag Cave, Castleisland, County Kerry, Tel: +353-66-7141244, Fax: +353-66-7142352. E-mail: contact
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1859 "caves worn by water in the townland of Crag" mentioned by the Geological Survey of Ireland.
1981 first part of the cave discovered by John Gunn and Bridget Scanlon.
1983 first dive by the Welsh cave diver Martyn Farr and discovery of 1670 m of cave.
1984 further 1,178 m discovered and surveyed.
1987 start od development.
20-MAY-1989 opened to the public.


Crag Cave is named after the nearby town Crag. It is one of the longest caves in Ireland, a cave system with two levels, the lower level is a river cave.

The discoverers of Crag Cave were definitly J. R. R. Tolkien fans! They used names from the Lord of the Rings like Minas Tirith, Cirith Ungol, or Balrog's Bathtub.