Gap of Dunloe Tours

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

1. 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.

Killarney: Gap of Dunloe Walking and Boat Tour

2. Killarney: Gap of Dunloe Walking and Boat Tour

Enjoy a trip across the beautiful Lakes of Killarney and enjoy a walk through the Gap of Dunloe. Join us at O'Connor's Traditional Pub (7 High Street) Eircode V93 DV26 for the departure (10:00 am check in), or we can also collect you from your accommodation in the Killarney area. Please Note - The tour can go in two directions. Your journey begins with a bus trip to Kate Kearney's Cottage or Ross Castle* From Kate Kearney's there is a self guided walk (you can’t get lost) that is 7 miles (12km) in length and takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to walk The terrain is hilly and picturesque, the highest elevation is 840ft. The Gap walk ends at Lord Brandon's Cottage where you can stop for lunch and refreshment (please note Lord Brandon's Only accepts cash). At 2pm our traditional boat takes you through the Lakes of Killarney and to Ross Castle (1 hour 30 mins). While on the journey across the Lakes of Killarney you will take in amazing scenery, such as: Purple Mountain Dinish Island Meeting of the Waters Old Weir Bridge Bricin Bridge Innisfallen Island Macgillycuddy's Reeks Your boat journey finishes at Ross Castle, from their we will transport you back to O'Connor's Traditional Pub or your accommodation. If you wish, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch. *For those guests leaving from Ross Castle, you will start your journey on the boat across the lakes and finish at Kate Kearney's and then a bus journey back to O'Connors Pub For those who may chose not to walk, Jaunting cars are available at Kate Kearney's Cottage The cost is €25 per person to be paid in cash on the day. The Jaunting cars take approximately 1.5 hours to travel the 7 mile journey through the Gap. Please note, as you may know the Jaunting cart's are operated independently of ourselves by the Ponymen's Association. Weather conditions: Sometimes the tour is done is reverse to suit weather conditions If the water level is low, please be careful as the short walk from the boat to path can be tricky. What to bring Please wear comfortable footwear and bring a rain jacket and/or sunblock, you will need one or the other or both!

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 75 reviews

I was a bit stressed at first because the tour guide was late, but in Ireland it's all a bit more chilled. Amm aRoss Castle we had the opportunity to look at the castle for about 20 minutes and then we went to the jetty. After everyone got the life jacket and a towel to cover their legs, we started, even if the weather was really rainy in between, the boat tour was something very special. The only minimal shortcoming: I sat at the very front and couldn't understand everything the tour guide said. But otherwise really fantastic. If you are near Killarney, you should definitely book this tour. After a short refreshment after the boat tour, unlike the others, I walked the tour. The landscape is just beautiful and only paved paths. Don't forget your camera and be sure to stop off afterwards. The cake selection is divine.

Absolutely beautiful! The jaunting car ride was super unique, and the guide for the boat portion was really helpful and knowledgeable. There is a small cafe where you can get lunch in between the jaunting car and boat ride, but it is very basic (packaged sandwiches, soup, and tea) so you might want to pack a lunch with you. Also, bring a poncho regardless of the season as it is completely outdoors.

Must do experience when visiting Killarney! Our young children couldn’t decide if the jaunty or boat ride was their favorite. Would absolutely recommend this tour!

One of our favorite days in our three week visit to Ireland. The views are breathtaking! The guides were wonderful. And a big “thank you” to Rose, our horse!

Beautiful hike and boat tour. We took our time, but still got to the boat 20 minutes before departure. Pick up worked great.