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Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

1. Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass situated between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry. It spans 11 kilometers from north to south and consists of 5 lakes. Take a guided tour through the narrow and winding path, and discover a terrain formed by glaciers. Marvel at the towering summits of the Reeks, the changing shadows on the Purple Mountains, and the silence and solitude of the rugged glen. After being transported by coach, arrive at the famous cottage marking the entrance to the Gap. The cottage is named after Kate Kearney who is reported to have died of childbirth here at the ripe old age of 102! An unlikely story! Embark on a 7-mile journey to Lord Brandon’s cottage by either trap, pony, or foot. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch at Brandon Cottage. Afterwards board a boat to Ross Castle, traveling through the 3 of the 5 lakes of Killarney. Be enchanted by the stories and folklore of the boatmen. As the tour draws to a close you will be transported back to Killarney by motor coach.

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

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

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat. Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 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 mid-morning 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 the 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. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

3. Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage. On arrival, you can arrange to take a jaunting cart ride through the six mile pass. This traditional Irish horse and cart ride will incur an additional cost which can be paid on the day. Alternatively, you can hike the six mile pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Once through the gap, boats will be waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting upper, middle and lower lakes. On-board the boat, enjoy beautiful views of the national park and discover the famous Old Weir Bridge. Travel to the historic Ross Castle where coaches will be waiting to take you back to Killarney. Ross Castle is a 30 to 40 minute walk from the town center so there is an option of staying at Ross Castle after the boat trip and making your own way back to Killarney. 

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What people are saying about Gap of Dunloe

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 129 reviews

I had a great day from the bus trip,walk though long,to bus trip home again and of course the boat trip in between.It was good to meet other people during the walk especially from other countries as well. Ifound I would have liked just a bit more time either during or after the walk or especially after the boat trip to Ross Castle to appreciate the sights or have a bite to eat. Thus said it might take from the efficient organisation of the whole trip which was excellent. The guys were great,very friendly and we felt in good hands both in the bus and boat listening to the banter and being informed of itinerary of the day along with informaton of the local area. Overall because of the excellent weather also I had a most enjoyable day.Thank you

It was a beautiful tour. We were lucky to have good weather. The walk through the gap was really nice for us adults! Recommended with teenagers! Well, it's really an easy walk, but about 2 hours. For us better than just sitting. The boat ride was the highlight of the tour. So, we can only recommend the tour!

This was a wonderful experience. The scenery on both the bike and boat ride was beautiful. I would highly recommend this excursion!

Very informative. Learned a lot during the boat ride. He went over and beyond.

They were very helpful and accommodating. We will definitely return.