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Caves of Keash Visitor Centre and Gift Shop
Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Free to visit
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Discover the Caves of Keash and learn of the mythical tales and local legends associated with this ancient site. Check out the Visitor Centre, which includes information on both The Caves of Keash and the Carrowkeel Passage Tombs.

Based on archaeological inspections in the 1900s, early man lived in the Caves of Keash. There's also evidence of bears, wolves and arctic lemmings. Legend says that Cormac Mac Airt, Ireland's famous High King, was born by a well near the caves and while his mother slept, he was stolen by a group of wolves. He was later reunited with his family and ruled as King.

Bring your camera and take shots of the incredible caves. Look for Lough Feenagh on your journey, it's shaped like the map of Ireland.

Find Carrowkeel Passage Tombs 6km from the Caves of Keash Visitor Centre. Explore the cluster of Neolithic passage tombs, they predate the Egyptian Pyramids by 500-800 years. Designated National Monuments, the Carrowkeel tombs are considered one of the "big four" passage tomb cemeteries in Ireland, along with Carrowmore, Brú na Bóinne and Loughcrew. Pre-booking is required for some tours.

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Why we like it
  • Wander through the enchanting Caves of Keash.
  • See the ancient Carrowkeel Passage Tombs.
  • Learn about the magical myths of this area.
  • Take incredible pictures of unique Irish attractions.
Tips from locals

Head on a guided walk and wear walking shoes to navigate the tricky terrain. Take a break on one of the perfectly placed benches and enjoy the sensational views, pre-booking is required for some tours.

Tips from locals

Relax and refuel at the family-run Fox's Den, enjoy a hearty meal in this cosy pub.

Contact details
The Fox's Den,Keash,Ballymote,Co Sligo
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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