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Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

Product ID: 14576
Discover the beautiful Killarney lake district, then see Kate Kearney's Cottage where you will travel through the Gap of Dunloe by pony and trap. Spend the day sailing, ride an authentic pony-and-trap and discover the landscape's natural beauty.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 10:20 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Pass through the Gap of Dunloe on on a pony and trap
  • Sail through beautiful lakes and channels
  • Experience one of Irelands oldest tours
  • Traverse through a rugged glaciated valley
  • Navigate through the lakes of Killarney by boat
Full description
This tour is the complete Killarney adventure. A 14-mile voyage across all three of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience.

The journey begins at approximately 10:45 AM at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in price).

After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Approximate finish time is 3:30 PM. 
  • Boat tour
  • Pony and trap
  • Transfer from Kate Kearney's cottage
  • Skip-the-line
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Ross Castle on the Ross road off N71. This is a 5 minute drive from Killarney town centre. Your guide will meet with you at the timber foot bridge in front of Ross Castle at 10:20 AM.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The tour will run if the weather is not windy or stormy. If you're around Killarney for a few days, you can move the tour to the next available day if needed
• The tour can be done in reverse on request, and subject to availability
• Rain wear, warm clothing, and comfortable shoes are recommended
• There is a short walk from the boat to the pony and trap; there's also a brief walk during the pony and trap ride
• Pre-booking is essential
• The tour lasts from 10:30-15:30/16:00
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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Not to be missed!

This was one of the highlights of our trip! Such beautiful scenery, friendly staff, and our group was relatively small (8), which was nice! It was relaxing to just sit back & enjoy our surroundings - a nice departure from the hectic travel schedule we'd been keeping prior to. Would definitely return / recommend.

July 1, 2019

A recommended tour!

A well organized tour with friendly, punctual staff. At the agreed time, we were picked up at Ross Castle and taken to Kate Kearney's cottage by bus. It said: Change to the pony carriage that took us through the Gap of Dunloe, into the Black Valley to Lord Brandon's Cottage. We ran a short distance twice to relieve the pressure on the steeper parts of the horse. But this is voluntary; If you can't / don't want to walk the path, you can stay seated in the carriage. The subsequent boat trip over 2 rivers and 3 lakes was perfect: we received extensive information from our boat guide and were also lucky enough to see a pair of eagles circling. All in all, a highly recommended tour for those who love nature and who are also weatherproof; Both the carriage and the boat are "open air".

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June 20, 2019

Fabulous multi activity tour of Killarney National Park.

My husband and I booked this fabulous tour of Killarney National Park the day before we went. An easy bus ride through flat parts of the park, followed by a fantastic jaunting car ride up and over the spectacular Gap of Dunloe, a pause for an Irish coffee and snack midway at Brandon’s Cottage, then a small, open boat ride across three lakes and two rivers, finally ending at our starting point at Ross Castle, a 15th Century tower house castle. An incredible way to see so much of the park. Definitely a highlight of our Ireland trip!

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May 27, 2019

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