Gap of Dunloe

 

Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is a wild and rugged gap excavated by forging ice flows during the last ice age. It is sign posted off the Ring of Kerry road to Killorglin and runs just outside the western perimeter of the National Park. Leave your car at Kate Kearney’s Cottage from where you can walk, hire a pony and trap or ride ponies for the trip through the Gap and back. The Cottage was a coaching inn where the hostess, Kate, allegedly cast her spell on all who entered and toasted them with her special brew. The Cottage is now a pub and restaurant. Day trips to the Gap of Dunloe incorporate a pony and trap or pony rides through the Gap, however, those who prefer to walk the 10kms can do so. Trips also include a break for lunch and a trip on a traditional style boat through the three lakes and back to Ross Castle, where there are coach transfers back to Killarney town centre or your hotel.