The Caves of Keash are located near the summit of Keshcorran, which is called a hill but is more like a mountain to the average US Midwesterner. It is located in the small farming community of Kesh, about 5km south of Ballymote on Route 295.
The caves are pre-glacial, and when they were explored thoroughly in the early 1900's it was apparent they were used extensively by man between the 8th and 11th centuries. The caves were ideal because they overlooked the region. Many skeletal remains were also found in the caves-including those of now extinct birds.
Ballymote Castle was begun in 1300. It is famous for the Book of Ballymote-a 14th century 500 page manuscript, and was once the strongest fortress in Connaught province (Western Ireland).
Here are a few pictures of the various times I have stopped by.
If you happen to be a wildlife lover and happen to be in the area this is a must-do thing. Go to Eagles Flying (Ireland's largest sanctuary for birds of prey) where you can take in a free flying display at either 11 a.m. & 3 p.m daily. They last about 45 minutes per show. I also understand that if you have a larger group, they will schedule an appointment for a special flying display.
You'll be able to watch different species of eagles hunting on prey-dummies. Falcons, owls and vultures are on display as well. During the Free-Flying Displays specialists will inform you about the biology of the raptors and their important role in nature. You are sure to learn a lot about these animals and the caretakers make it fun and interesting.
If you have small children, there is also a petting zoo, which has everything from horses to goats to rabbits.
Admission to the Wildlife Center is reasonable and all proceeds go towards the conservation of the widlife it protects. Prices range from FREE for small kids to 8 Euro per adult. Discounts are offered to groups and children.