A busy market town in beautiful East Kerry which takes its name from the Anglo-Norman castle built in 1226. Located at the gateway to Co. Kerry, in the Sliabh Luachra area, Castleisland is rich in history & heritage. The town offers several attractions, one of which is a lovely walk along the banks of the river Maine. Castleisland is extremely proud of the many fashion & shoe boutiques located here and is a firm favourite amongst shoppers. Castleisland is home to Crag Cave, discovered in 1983 and thought to be over one million years old it is a magical wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites. It is an all-weather visitor attraction located in Castleisland Co. Kerry.
A visit to the Castleisland Castle, which was home to the Fitzgerald’s, the Earls of Desmond (south Munster) were the most powerful family in Medieval Munster. Also known as the Geraldine’s, they ruled their lordship like kings. The Castleisland Heritage Trail is approximately 3.2km (2miles) long encapsulates most of Castleisland’s rich and diverse culture and heritage. It will take you on a journey from the towns Norman origins to famine times and the Workhouse, through its religious and educational history, its industrial heritage and the coming of the railway. You will encounter two of Castleisland’s most famous sons, sports journalist Con Houlihan and musician Padraig O’Keeffe.
The town provides a wonderful choice of eateries and places to stop for a refreshing drink or coffee. The main street is dotted with wonderful restaurants, cafes, and takeaways. Whatever your preference, Castleisland never disappoints, from a casual lunch with friends, to more formal evening dining or if you prefer take-home food options, there is so much to choose from.