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Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

4.7
#2 of 11 in Nature in Killarney
Valley Nature / Park
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Gap of Dunloe by using our Killarney vacation planner.
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  • Although it's publicized widely, it's actually interesting that there was hardly anyone else on our visit to the gap. The mist had rolled through and although it wasn't bright sunshine, the natural be...  more »
  • We pulled into the car park and prepared to do the 4km walk to the gap. We didn't want to go in the horse and buggy as it was raining and they just sitting there waiting for more customers so the cart...  more »
  • Had a wonderful experience at Gap of Dunloe. Hiring a horse drawn trap is a great way to see more of the area. Our driver was a great guide and shared stories and points of interest in the area. Coffe...  more »

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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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