County Kerry

Outline map of Kerry

Kerry has over 8km of cave passage. The longest and best known is Crag Cave at Castleisland, first reported in the 1980’s is now a showcave. The surrounding area contains a number of other caves and potential sites.

Further west towards Tralee the Ballymacelligot cave system contains some large sized passage with a number of different entrance points. While Cloghermore cave has yielded some interesting archaeological finds. The area is still not widely known and there is still potential for more discoveries.


A more recent guide to the caves of county Kerry has been produced by SUI and is available on-line to SUI members on the SUI Library. This is based on a review of sites published in Irish Speleology 15.

The most up to date guide to the caves of Kerry is contained within the UBSS publication “Caves of Southern Ireland” available to purchase here. Publication of this work was supported by the SUI.


Cork and Kerry are still not all that regularly visited by cavers so there are no established centres, pubs or accommodation frequented by cavers. However, accommodation is widely available in this tourist area. Information from Failte Ireland.

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