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The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney
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The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney

By Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
About
The remote Gap of Dunloe features spectacular scenery but is hard to navigate, so this half-day tour makes it easy to access the photogenic mountain pass from Killarney’s medieval Ross Castle. The classic Irish adventure includes a narrated boat ride on the lakes of Killarney plus a pony-drawn carriage ride through the relatively untouched Black Valley, so you can travel the way that locals have for centuries.

Ages 3-99, max of 60 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Explore some of Killarney's most remote yet rewarding landscapes
  • Travel through the Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley on a traditional pony cart
  • Learn about the region's history on a boat ride through the Lakes of Killarney
  • Convenient start and end point at historic Ross Castle

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Lough Leane
  • Entry/Admission - Black Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Gap of Dunloe
  • Entry/Admission - Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Old Weir Bridge
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Ross Castle


Start:
  • Ross Castle, Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 V304, Ireland
    Company rep from Tangney's of Killarney will meet with you at 10.10am at the wooden foot bridge in front of Ross Castle. There is free car parking at Ross Castle
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16620P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney?
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    • You'll start at
      Ross Castle
      Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 V304, Ireland
      Company rep from Tangney's of Killarney will meet with you at 10.10am at the wooden foot bridge in front of Ross Castle. There is free car parking at Ross Castle
      See address & details
    • 1
      Ross Castle
      Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
      See details
      Pass by
      Innisfallen Island
    • 2
      Lough Leane
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    • 3
      Black Valley
      Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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    • 4
      Gap of Dunloe
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    • 5
      Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      See details
    • 6
      Old Weir Bridge
      Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
      See details
    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
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    • Explore35082372659
      0 contributions
      So much fun and amazing views.
      We had so much fun and really enjoyed the tour. It was a great way to see the park without having to walk the entire thing. And our guide Johnny was very friendly and gave us so much information and history on the park. It was cold out when we went and it was nice to end with hot tea afterwards. We would highly recommend this and we would definitely do it again.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • LaraS446
      0 contributions
      Loved our jaunt!
      We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! It was a cool but sunny day and the scenery was stunning. Our driver was friendly and knowledgeable. We loved learning about the history of this place and walking around the castle. This was a highlight of our trip and could not have done anything better! Thank you!!!
      Written 9 December 2023
    • SRWtravelfun
      0 contributions
      Slow down and relax
      My mom and I took the tour from Killarney to Ross Castle, we ended up being the only 2 people in the jaunty. On this chilly November day, Paul was a great tour guide, friendly and informative. He offered blankets, answers to our many questions about Ireland and lots of laughs as we travelled through the park. It was convenient to our hotel in town but also to the city centre car park.
      Written 20 November 2023
    • jeniferg207
      0 contributions
      Paul was amazing.
      This was worth every breathtaking moment. Paul was our guide and made the trip even that much more special. He was very knowledgeable. Told us a lot about the history of Ireland and the names of the mountains, rivers, and stories about Ross Castle. He was witty, fun, and had a lot of knowledge of places to visit after the tour. We highly recommended Paul and his horse Lady “Di”.
      Written 14 November 2023
    • BackPacker767329
      0 contributions
      Must do!
      Worth every penny! Our driver was so funny and so knowledgeable. Loved it! Saw wildlife, rivers and lakes.
      Written 14 October 2023
    • Departure435980
      0 contributions
      Family Fun on a Jaunty Car
      We had an amazing ride through the Killarney National Park with our driver pointing out the native fauna as well as introduced plants to the park. He also told us the story of how the park had been donated by a family from Killarney to preserve the green space. We saw the wildlife, the lake and of course Ross Castle. There were also a few of Irelands native deer-the red deer plus a smaller Japanese Sika deer, roaming the woods too. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable ride for all of us plus he made sure to stop at great spots for many wonderful photos!
      Written 12 October 2023
    • Tweetie-pie
      0 contributions
      Really enjoyable Tour
      Myself and my husband took the jaunting car tour to Ross Castle with Lewis and Megan the horse. Lewis was very knowledgeable with loads of information about the Killarney National Park and it's surroundings, including the mountains and their names and history. We stopped at Ross Castle for a little wander around and then travelled back back to our pick-up point at the Great Southern hotel, where Lewis took some photos for us before we got off. We both really enjoyed the tour and would definitely recommend it.
      Written 11 October 2023
    • mikebW8983CA
      0 contributions
      Awesome Experience, Great Guide
      One of our tour excursions during our coach tour stop in Killarney, was to take a jaunting car ride, through Killarney National Park, and out to where to see Ross Castle. It was an awesome experience, through a beautiful park. But what made the trip the best experience, was our jarvie (guide), who called himself "Magic Mike". He was full of information, telling stories and explaining things we were seeing, pretty much the entire time we were touring. This one was included in our tour, so I'm not sure what it would cost to do it. But whatever it is, it would be worth it. It's a couple hours you will thoroughly enjoy.
      Written 24 September 2023
    • Bill G
      0 contributions
      A Must-do Activity! Don’t miss it!
      Our driver, Lewis, was on time. Very friendly and accommodating and told us all about the 6 generations of cart drivers and some of the local history! He waited patiently while we looked around the castle and took our picture in the cart, with Archie, his horse, and in front of the castle. It was one of our favorite things we’ve done on our trip! Highly recommend.
      Written 23 September 2023
    • 501sherryt
      0 contributions
      Killarney must do!
      It was so much fun! The “driver” Paul gave information about things we were seeing and Killarney National Park in general. He was definitely a character. Our horse, Ruby, did a great job as well, although at the start and stop she’s a little skittish around the big buses. The park was lovely then got to Ross Castle and walked around a bit & got some hot chocolate. Paul even dropped me off at the horse parking area instead of the pinpointed start/stop zone as it was closer to the next place I was going. My only complaint is it didn’t last longer.
      Written 20 September 2023
    • 629javl
      0 contributions
      Great conversation and carriage ride!
      The driver was so informative and friendly. He takes excellent care of his horse and they obviously work very well together! The castle and literature about it is amazing!
      Written 13 September 2023
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      Written 5 September 2023
    • Yvette L
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      A stroll back in time!
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      Written 23 August 2023
    • seniortraveler1248
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      Highly recommended
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      Highlight of visit to Killarney
      One of the highlights of my trip to Killarney. A leisurely trip throught he National Park with John and his horse Billie. Met him in downtown Killarney. Really nice to be just our family of 4 (3 generations) in the jaunting cart. Our guide John chatted and answered questions - it was not the usual canned prepared speial you often get on holiday tours. Lots of interesting information about the places we saw and other activities we could do later. He knew just where to suggest pics and took them so that we could all be in them. Wonderful memories. Highly recommend!
      Written 11 August 2023
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    Niall
    1 contribution
    Jun 2021 • Solo
    What can I say?! Absolutely fantastic from start to finish! From the two women who took us in their car to the Jaunty Cars... they were so kind and brilliant to listen to. Myself and the two American women were spellbound by the views when we got on the jaunty cars. Our driver, a young lad called Sean, was very informative and passionate about what he was doing. He answered our questions and educated us about life in these remote parts. Our horse Paddy was very well behaved and we got out when he needed a little rest, which we were only happy to do. Fair play to Sean for being a master at handling Paddy.
    When we arrived in Killarney National Park, we had opportunity to eat something delicious from the menu. Visitors be aware that it was cash only. The size portions are very generous and the vegetable soup was delicious!
    On the final part of our journey, we got into the motor boat with the highly entertaining and all-round brilliant guide - Dux! Dux brought his beautiful dogs Bob and Marley for the trip. They were so friendly and only added to the experience. Dux made us laugh from the moment we hopped on the boat. His knowledge of the lakes and mountains are incontrovertible - he is an incredible guide! I’d easily return to hear it all again with more people.
    First time in The Kingdom, but you’ve made this Cavan man realise that it won’t be his last. Thank you!
    Written 19 June 2021
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    Paula M
    4 contributions
    Aug 2022
    This is by far the best and most experienced company to book when touring the Gap, the National Park, etc. by jaunting cart. The service, knowledge, jarveys (drivers) all combine to make an exceptional day in Killarney! This tour is always the best part of a trip to Killarney. Fifth generation family business says it all! Thanks to the whole team, including Patrick and Liam.
    Written 21 September 2022
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    Lolly2345
    34 contributions
    This tour was great, we got a boat from Ross castle, cart from Lord Brandon’s and then we were returned to our car in Ross Castle. Everyone we met was very friendly and informative. The procedures had been updated for covid-19 and everyone was socially distanced, but this didn’t distract from the enjoyment! Highly recommended!
    Written 24 July 2020
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    Firstly thank you for posting your review, we are delighted you had the opportunity to take a tour with us in The famous Gap of Dunloe. During these covid-19 times we have implement many new procedures in order to keep our team as well as our guests safe and thank you for letting us know we are doing a good job. Take Care and we hope we can welcome you back to Killarney again sometime to explore some more of our wonderful tours
    Written 25 July 2020
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    Aoife M
    Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
    Aug 2020 • Friends
    Absolutely fantastic experience. It was the highlight of our trip to Kerry. The scenery is beautiful and our tour guide Bernie was great, very accomadating and pleasant. Wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk a small bit to let the horse rest. We will definitely go again
    Written 11 August 2020
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    Thank you for posting a great review and we are delighted you enjoyed your day in The Gap of Dunloe. We cant wait to welcome you back, we will pass your compliments onto Bernie.
    Written 17 August 2020
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    kingmodiddy
    San Diego, CA132 contributions
    The day of our tour, I unfortunately was having trouble navigating the streets and ran a bit late. One of the owners contacted me to make sure that I was OK. She then went a step further, and met us personally, and drove us to where we were supposed to be so going above and beyond the call of duty. She was very friendly, and gave us information about the town and the tour as we drove. Once at the meeting point, we met our driver for the day the horses were well taken care of, and the driver was fond of the horse apparently. The gap of dunloe was beautiful. The boat ride was awesome as well. We enjoyed every bit of the trip.
    Written 14 April 2023
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    Becky A
    8 contributions
    Jul 2022
    We very much enjoyed this tour! The Gap of Dunloe was gorgeous and the highlight of our time in Ireland. Our jaunting cart driver Pat (and his son Liam) were wonderful, informative, helpful, and genuinely kind people. Our boat tour guide was knowledgable and the boat trip was peaceful. We would do this trip again!
    Written 28 July 2022
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    Judith L
    37 contributions
    Jul 2018 • Friends
    Our "guide" merely met us, showed us a map, told us where we were going. Then she left. Our two boat drivers did not say anything about any of the scenery along the way, and it was not anything noteworthy. Despite rain jackets, we were all soaked when we finally arrived after 3+ hours to Lord Brandon's Cottage. Our guide did not meet us there. We refused to go on the horse/cart back to town, as it was unprotected also, and we were cold to the bone. We arranged for a taxi-van to come out and pick us up, at our own expense. It was worth it to bail out of this trip. Plus the water level at the Lake was way down and one boat driver had to get out and drag us over rocks (with the help of another boat driver). Some people had to get out of the boat (to lighten the load), and they had to step off into cold 6"+ water (soaking their shoes). Maybe they should cancel this tour until there is at least enough water to handle it. Even then, I would suggest another tour instead.
    Written 29 July 2018
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    Ruth M
    Zephyrhills, FL33 contributions
    Jun 2018
    On June 3, 2018 I took my family on this wonderful tour which takes at least 5 to 6 hours. Dress warmly as you will go over the top of the Gap of Dunloe in the Magillicuddy Reeks mountains and it can be quite chilly up there. Your reservation includes your being picked up at your lodging, transportation to the mountain road area where the jaunting car drivers line up. Then it's $25 Euros to the jaunting car driver per person for the 7 1/2 mile horse drawn cart trip. You wind up at Lord Bandon's Cottage where you can obtain food and beverages. Then you walk either to a dock (if the water level is high enough or, at this time the water was too low so everyone had to walk on a path through the marsh to the waiting 12 passenger dory boats for the river and lake trip back to Ross Castle near the Killarney Town Centre. Unfortunately the day turned quite chilly and although it wasn't too bad going down the river, when we reached the largest lake, Lough Leane, it was 48 degrees and very chilly. We were quite delighted to arrive at the Castle to be picked up by the waiting bus to take us back to our lodgings. So be sure to dress warmly and perhaps a raincoat is in order should the weather turn wet. All in all this is a wonderful tour which I have now done seven times over the last 33 years and I highly recommend it to everyone.
    Written 2 July 2018
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    Kyle B
    United States10 contributions
    Apr 2019 • Family
    We started off at Ross Castle around 10am. I should also preface that this was in the first week of April 2019. We were met with a person with Tangney who showed us to our driver and "bus'. I'm front the US so the "bus" was just a van really. The driver took my family and another family up to the beginning of our trip through the Gap of Dunloe. The area was quite nice. There was a small cafe for coffee, tea, and food. From here we were shown our horse and a small cart. It's more like a small chariot or box with wheels. Our horse was Tom, and I unfortunately don't remember our guide's name. He was awesome nonetheless and pointed out things and scenery throughout our tour of the Gap of Dunloe. There were a couple of times we needed to get out of the cart to give Tom the horse a break and to make it up some hills. You have to remember the horse is pulling the guide and your party. If you have only 2 in your party there's no problem. For us it was just me, my wife, and our teenager. All together we weighed around 450 lbs. We also took a woman from the other group to help alleviate some weight for their horse. During the cart drive we experience sunshine, warmth, cold blustering wind, rain, snow, and hail. It was an awesome experience really. Along the way we saw an awesome landscape, natural streams & mini waterfalls, snow capped mountains, really green grass, sheep & really tiny lambs.

    At the end is a small cottage with outdoor seating that served an awesome mushroom soup and a vegetable soup with bread. They also made sandwiches. There we waiting for our boat. During the hour wait we again saw rain, wind, and sunshine.

    The boat back to Ross Castle was an adventure really. Our boat driver was awesome and quite funny. The boat driver did give us tarp to cover ourselves with and it did help keep you dry. If you were in the front of the boat though you took the brunt of the waves. The tarp did little to keep you dry at the front of the boat. Still the views from the lake were awesome. It would have been nicer if the weather cooperated but the tour company could do little to control the weather. Visitors should remember you are in Ireland and dress accordingly and come prepared for all 4 seasons. I would recommend bringing/wearing a waterproof jacket and pants if possible. At the very least have a dry change of clothes left in the car for your return.
    Bring something to keep your face from getting wind burned. Just like any boat tour do remember the life jackets will smell. :)
    Written 9 April 2019
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    Suma16
    Cheshire123 contributions
    Sept 2019
    We were met at Ross Castle and taken to the start where we got on our jaunting cart for our ride through the Gap of Dunlop. After lunch we enjoyed a boat ride with Dux back to Ross Castle. The whole experience was amazing and so well organised. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Tangneys..
    Written 29 September 2019
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    Thank you for posting a great review and we are delighted you enjoyed The Gap of Dunloe Tour with us. Yes we agree with you this tour is amazing!! We hope we can welcome you back to Killarney again sometime to enjoy some more of our amazing tour options on offer.
    Written 30 September 2019
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