Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

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Created by glacial ice millions of years ago and located just outside the country's oldest national park, the narrow Gap of Dunloe contains five lakes interlinked by the Loe River. Most visitors choose to discover this mountain pass, which stretches for about 11 km (7 mi), by hiking or riding a bike through it. Many boat operators touring the five lakes offer bikes for rent, but you can also explore the pass by taking a guided pony-cart tour, provided by the locals living in this area. Whatever your mode of transportation, be sure to stop at the old "Wishing Bridge," located between the first two lakes and so named because of local belief that wishes made upon it always come true. Take a look at our Killarney trip planner to schedule your visit to Gap of Dunloe and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • We came late in the day after a rain, and we had it almost to ourselves. A horse came near to us (behind the fence) and seemed to greet us near the wishing bridge. Then another two horses came around ...  more »
  • What a beautiful place that I recommend walking from the parking lot in front of the pub. You can take a carriage, but in about 2 hours walk we take full advantage of the landscape. Not to be missed in Ireland
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  • We took a jaunting car up the gap, the lad who took us was great “craic” he explained the history and the day to day working of the gap, a good history lesson. Have your coffee in the cafe opposite Ka...  more »
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  • Extremely beautiful scenery. We drove this narrow road and was really amazed by its beauty. You can drive this road, there are quite many passing spots by the road. I would however recommend that you go from south to north. Start at Molly's Gap and head on north. Then you won't get stuck after a horse with cart. Because these carts won't let you pass easily. Then it's better to meet them head on, then you can just stop at a passing place and let them through. The beautiful part is in the middle and north of this road. Really really amazing scenery.
  • Great to drive by car at ease. Not very busy when we were there. Carparks are quite far and require a walk of about 40 minutes.
  • An absolute must do! A short drive from Killarney, lies this simply amazing journey with breathtaking views around every corner! There are lots of horse drawn carriagesp and hikers, so the pace of the drive is almost certainly going to be very slow, but it makes it easy for everyone to take in all the wonderful sights. Despite the short distance and Google maps estimate of the drive time, set aside at least 90 minutes to get from Killarney to Molls Gap.
  • Amazing walk ! The view here are unbelievable. I suggest starting from Ross Castle in Killarney with the tradicional boat tour of Duk, across all the lake and star the walk back . After 11km you will Find Kate Kearney's Cottage Pub, with the best Irish coffee. Take water and food, because don't have any place on the way.
  • This place is majestic and mystical. The road is very small, but if you drive carefully, there is no problem getting through. There are plenty of sheep everywhere, beautiful old bridges and a scenery that changes continuously.
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