Gap of Dunloe
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  • Sarah C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful boat ride and 7 mile walk
    Great day trip! Here’s the logistics: for 50€, I took a 1.5-2 hour boat trip across the lakes to start and a taxi back to town at the end. I think it was through Killarney Day Tours. We left from Ross Castle at 10:30 am. It was a small open air boat, fitting about 10 people. It can be cold on the lake, so layer up. Our guide was great and explained the history, flora, fauna of the area. We got off at Lord Brandon’s cottage. From there to Kate Kearney’s Cottage, it was a 7 mile walk on a paved narrow road. If you’re moderately fit, it shouldn’t be too challenging of a climb to the top. It took me about 2.5 hours walking at a steady but not too brisk pace. Gorgeous scenery and views and lots of lambs along the way. At the end, there was a cottage with coffee, tea, beer, soups, sandwiches, etc. I took a taxi at 4pm back to Killarney. Definitely worth the effort.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Michele S
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! We walked about a mile in and then took the jaunting car because it looked like it was getting really steep. The jaunting car was fun, but it detracts from the beautiful sounds of nature that you hear when you’re walking. For that reason, I would recommend walking if you can. Go early as it gets busy as the day goes on.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Eilish A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You CAN drive
    Went to gap of dunloe and weather was a little average so decided to drive instead of walk the trail. Many reviews say that driving is impossible but from our experience it was really easy. The roads are very skinny and you do need to pull over into small sections to let other cars through but we only had to do this once or twice. The horse and cart are expensive! The walk would be beautiful in great weather.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 July 2023
  • CareOhLine
    Winston Salem, North Carolina18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Connected to nature
    We got rained on off and on but that’s the true Irish experience. Going through the gap and seeing the transition from lakes to mountains was amazing. Our boat guide described all the animals and ecological and historical components of the park. Truly makes you think and connect with nature. But if walking be prepared for Lots Of rigorous exercise. Same for biking those hills are no joke especially when slippery from rain.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • fjh2022
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views, historic house.
    Beautiful views, amazing photo opportunities. Large lake with the hills surrounding. The gap of Dunloe is not to be missed. Can walk down the road or take a horse and cart round. There’s a shop and pub ‘Kate Kearneys’ which itself is full of history. There’s a photo on the wall showing the house 120 years ago.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Kiamom
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss it!
    Visiting the Gap of Dunloe was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland. We toured the Gap via Jaunting Cart starting at Lord Brandon's cottage following a boat tour of the Lakes of Killarney. The scenery was breathtaking. Gorgeous mountain and valley views visible during the entire trip. The Jaunting cart experience was unique. We were fortunate that we had perfect weather. Our tour was arranged through Killarney Jaunting Cars -Tangneys of Killarney. (Gap of Dunloe Adventure and Lakes of Killarney Day Tour). We passed hikers, bikers and even a few cars. Whatever your preferred method of visiting the Gap is, do it.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Michele C
    Maryland50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the Gap of Dunloe!
    Absolutely breathtaking and beautiful area! We had the pleasure of riding a jaunting cart with Brendan and his horse, Jess. They took great care of us and shared lots of great info and stories. (Brendan…not Jess!) It was a beautiful tour and experience that we enjoyed more than we could have imagined! Highly recommend!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Eugenia B
    Detroit, Michigan42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t drive the Dunlop Gap
    Do not attempt to drive this road!!! The best thing to do would be to take a bus and then hike. Apparently you can get a bus in Killarney. My driver was very good but it was not an enjoyable experience for her! It is spectacularly beautiful but very crowded with hikers and horse drawn carts.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Tourist596445
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss
    A simple walk from the car park to the viewing point at the bridge. Flat tarmac road all the way. Views are simply brilliant and not to be missed. Allow a good 3 hours to walk there and back and have a Guinness at the cafe. Pony and trap rides are available, but honestly I’d only take these if the 3/4 hour walk is difficult for anyone as the walk itself is fab. Personally I think driving the road is possible but a waste of time.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • markusTyrone
    380 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A glimpse of old Ireland.
    Was going on a weekend trip with a car club and travelled down in my electric car from Northern Ireland. I actually stumbled across this by mistake as my sat nav redirected me due to heavy traffic and I was heading to Sneem. It was a beautiful sunny day and at first I thought it was pedestrians/pony and traps only due to the dirty looks from these individuals. I then saw a few other cars so continued on my way very slowly as this is single track with rocks jutting out in places. The scenery is magical and is like something out of a cliched Irish film. A few places where it is safe to stop but not too many so be prepared to take your time and pull in when meeting other vehicles. I came from the northern direction so this leads you on to the Black Valley which is also beautiful but watch out for the mad van drivers especially in summer when the vegetation grows up wild on either side of the road. Definitely worth doing and would love to do it on a bicycle.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 October 2023
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,672 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
since i took bus that only have 5hrs back and forth the path that i can't stay too long here but quite enjoy overall trekking although a bit busy sometimes that has car, carriage & sheep etc... but worth to visit
Written 12 April 2024
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Jim S
Limerick, Ireland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fabulous nature views to be found on this walk. The rugged terrain is beautiful and vast, so much to take in. While you can drive ( slowly ) along the winy road, walking is the best option if you're up for it. A pony trap ride would be lovely as well. 7 miles from Kate's cottage to Lord Brandon's cottage. Sort of hilly but mild for an Irish hike. Weather can be all 4 seasons due to the mountains in the area. Restrooms at both beginning and end of walk, no amenities available on the walk.
Written 25 March 2024
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Lori O
VA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Breathtaking! A must see! All day tour was amazing. Carriage ride, lunch and boat ride! We were a group of 4 celebrating my father’s 70 birthday.
Written 15 March 2024
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John O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Travelled by motorbike on the gap of dunloe. Incredible journey. Got lost once or twice and weather wasn’t great but the trip was great
Written 9 December 2023
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Anuj_Mithani
Mumbai, India3,924 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our scenic walk into the Gap of Dunloe this September, with minimal crowds and great weather. We drove up to Kate Kearney's cottage, parked and set off on foot. We went up to the 2nd wishing bridge and returned back to our start point (with more time, you can choose to go fruther). It took us about 75 minutes in toto, and we had mostly sheep for company, with an occasional jaunting car passing by. The scenery is staggeringly beautiful, and the play of light through the clouds makes it even more magical. In my opinion, this is the highlight of the RoK/Killarney National Park, but needs planning as its difficult to squeeze into a hurried day trip/driving loop around the ring.
Written 8 November 2023
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Jeff N
Phoenix, AZ116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Stunning experience! Make sure to jaunt through the gap, the horse and cart make the hour visit magical.
Written 30 October 2023
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,705 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
So the drive up and over the Gap of Dunloe is very narrow, very twisting and very beautiful if you go over it in a clockwise direction.
This means you start at Molls Gap and end your trip at Kate Kearneys cottage.
By doing the trip this way round you will benefit hugely in a couple of ways.
1. You won’t get stuck behind one of the many horse and carts coming up from Kate Kearney’s cottage - and they have right of way by law so they like to take their time.
2. Because the horse and cart people want you to buy a ride they purposely block the road at Kate Kearney’s end and will even go to lengths to tell you that it’s not drivable in order to get your business- and when you’re at that end it doesn’t look like they’re lying so many a tourist is fleeced here!!
3. All walkers ( and there are lots) all get dropped off at Kate Kearney’s end so you will also get stuck behind them and all the coaches that they arrive in as coaches can not get through the pass!
4. The best views are looking down as you drive over the top on the pass, so if you go the other way you’ll only see either the rear end of a horse, the back of the walkers or the hill in front and not the stunning views, unless you keep looking in your rear view mirror!!

Also the Black Valley that you start driving through as you descend into the valley from Mollys Gap is really quiet and very beautiful.

Safe driving!!
Written 2 October 2023
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markusTyrone
Tyrone380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Was going on a weekend trip with a car club and travelled down in my electric car from Northern Ireland. I actually stumbled across this by mistake as my sat nav redirected me due to heavy traffic and I was heading to Sneem. It was a beautiful sunny day and at first I thought it was pedestrians/pony and traps only due to the dirty looks from these individuals. I then saw a few other cars so continued on my way very slowly as this is single track with rocks jutting out in places. The scenery is magical and is like something out of a cliched Irish film. A few places where it is safe to stop but not too many so be prepared to take your time and pull in when meeting other vehicles. I came from the northern direction so this leads you on to the Black Valley which is also beautiful but watch out for the mad van drivers especially in summer when the vegetation grows up wild on either side of the road. Definitely worth doing and would love to do it on a bicycle.
Written 1 October 2023
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Tourist596445
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A simple walk from the car park to the viewing point at the bridge. Flat tarmac road all the way. Views are simply brilliant and not to be missed. Allow a good 3 hours to walk there and back and have a Guinness at the cafe. Pony and trap rides are available, but honestly I’d only take these if the 3/4 hour walk is difficult for anyone as the walk itself is fab. Personally I think driving the road is possible but a waste of time.
Written 10 September 2023
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Eugenia B
Detroit, MI42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Do not attempt to drive this road!!! The best thing to do would be to take a bus and then hike. Apparently you can get a bus in Killarney. My driver was very good but it was not an enjoyable experience for her! It is spectacularly beautiful but very crowded with hikers and horse drawn carts.
Written 8 September 2023
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