Caves of Keash and Keshcorran Mountain

Caves of Keash Sligo Ireland

The Caves of Keash • Sligo

Caves of Keash Sligo Ireland

A view of the distant passage tomb cemetery at Carrowkeel from Keshcorran Mountain • Sligo

Archaeological Investigations at the Caves of Keash

Neil Jackman in the mouth of one of the Caves of Keash

Neil looking out from the mouth of Cave K • Caves of Keash

Neil Jackman in the mouth of one of the Caves of Keash

Neil looking out from the mouth of Cave K • Caves of Keash

Being so highly visible and unusual in the landscape, the Caves of Keash and the mountain are imbued with myth, legend and folklore. Cormac mac Airt, the legendary High King of Tara, was said to have been born by a well at the foot of Keshcorran, and was raised by a she-wolf in one of the caves. Perhaps an echo of the famous classical Roman story of Romulus and Remus who were also raised by a wolf in a cave. The caves also feature in stories of Fionn MacCumhaill, who had to enter the caves to seek out the otherworld smithy of Lon MacLíomhtha. Another story featuring the caves tells how Fionn and his Fianna were captured and bound in the caves by three hideous hags.

As a place of rich folklore and intriguing archaeology, stunning views and atmospheric aspects, a trip to the Caves of Keash is highly recommended!

Upper left: the cairn on the summit of Keshcorran • Lower left: the view from the mouth of Cave E (known as the Hermit’s Cave) • Right: the path to the caves

Top: the cairn on the summit of Keshcorran • Middle: the view from the mouth of Cave E (known as the Hermit’s Cave) • Bottom: the path to the caves