The view of the entrance from the road
Any time I take friends to Diarmuid and Grainne’s Cave I always tell them it’s just 400 meters from the car. This is true of course but it’s only on arrival it be seen that most of those 400m are vertical!
Despite being Ireland’s highest significant cave system, Diarmuid and Grainne’s was fully formed under the sea. The shells and sea fossils that dot the limestone outcrop on the roof of the mountain above the cave mouth are testimony to this and it is from here that Sligo derives it’s Irish name, Slí Geach or Shelly Place.
In terms of beauty the cave system may not compare to other local caves but it is of significant size and it’s setting is spectacular. I have been up here numerous times and the view changes on each visit. Sometimes the clouds move in obscuring the way down from view, other times rainbows form outside the entrance.
The Great South Chamber
There are only a small amount of calcite formations in Diarmuid and Grainne’s Cave, however there are a number of interesting passages including the spectacularly sculpted North facing rift tunnel that leads to a balcony in the cliff face. Despite how suddenly the initial chamber closes in, the massive South chamber, accessed via a keyhole squeeze in the back wall, is an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. Also there are the Lower Series chambers, which I have not yet seen, nor do I know anyone who has been into them but they are described as being reached at by a ten meter pitch that leads to broad passages ways.
The view from the North facing balcony, with Michal standing on a pinnacle 400m in the air!
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