Travel — Ireland
— Gap of Dunloe
Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe (a spectacular glacial valley) is located across the water from Killarney. The narrow mountain pass (pictured above) winds its way for six miles between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountains.
Considering a walking, rambling or hiking tour? The Gap of Dunloe Full Day Tour is a perfect choice. The Gap of Dunloe is 7 miles (11 kilometers) and takes approximately 90 minutes.
Within the valley are five lakes — Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough (all connected by The River Loe).
Kate Kearney's Cottage sits at one end of the valley — Lord Brandon's Cottage sits at the other end.
Visit the Gap of Dunloe, the ruins of Aghadoe, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Gardens, Torc Waterfall, the Lakes of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.
Tours & Day Trips
Cross the "Wishing Bridge" (an old arch bridge located over the river at one end, between the first two lakes) — legend has it that if you make a wish while crossing the bridge, it'll come true!
The best ways to explore the Gap of Dunloe is by biking, hiking or local "jaunting car" (light, horse-drawn passenger wagons; pictured above) — no cars are allowed.
The unique horse-drawn "jaunting car" seats up to four people. Ireland is famous for its storytelling, so be prepared to be entertained while traveling slowly through the valley :)
Catch a boat from Ross Castle across the lakes in Killarney to Lord Brandon's Cottage — boat operators will carry bikes so you can ride through the valley.
If biking, hiking or a pony-trap ride isn't your thing, a Guided Tour is a good option — the valley gets very busy during summer months, so be sure to book ahead if traveling during peak times.
Gap of Dunloe
Ring of Kerry