Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

4.6
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. 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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  • The views were fantastic! Visited the Gap on bicycle and would 10 out of 10 recommend experiencing the gap this way. We took a boat from Ross Castle to Lord Brandon’s Cottage and made our way...  more »
  • The one part of the trip that people should be advised about is having to get out of the Jaunting cart to walk, as the horse was unable to carry up 4 people up such steep hills ,on 2 occasions...  more »
  • This was one of the best things we seen in Ireland! Highly recommend doing it .. if you have lots of time definitely walk it but if you are tight for time like we were , drive! We drove up it no...  more »
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  • Wonderful hike. It is on the road so be mindful of carriages and cars driving around. Lots of sheep roaming the streets too. Its one of my favorite hikes in Ireland so beautiful!
  • Went to this place from Limerick. Beautiful place. The landscapes wont disappoint you. The roads go narrower while moving into the gap. There are places around where you can park your vehicle and explore the places. The road is very narrow and only one vehicle will go through at a time. There are lots of places where you can park the vehicle and let others to pass through. There is option to choose a horse ride which takes you through the gap in the horse and it is really good. There are lots of places to stop and explore while moving through the gap. You can go through the gap and move to Killarney National Park. Good experience overall
  • A stunning place! Never looks the same twice like the rest of the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry!
  • Stunning. The Gap of Dunloe is a breathtaking road you must drive on. Big mountains, rivers with little waterfalls, sheeps on the road, a million shades of green, ... It's almost impossible to describe what a marvelous bit of road the Gap of Dunloe is.
  • Wow this pass is beautiful! Be warned that the road is very windy and narrow, but it is beautiful to drive through! Quite a few people walking too, gorgeous area to explore if you have time

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