Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is a stunning mountain pass found just outside Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, that separates the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in the west, from the Purple Mountain Group range in the east.


Visitors from all over come to Gap of Dunloe to see its world famous scenery. Stop off at the wishing bridge which is said that if you make a wish while on the bridge the wish is destined to come true. There are many lakes and waterfalls scattered around the Gap of Dunloe so it is well worth exploring a little to see what beauties of nature you can find.


Of course any trip to the Gap is not complete without stopping off at Kate Kearney’s Cottage for some food or a pint. This 150 year old bar & restaurant is located at the entrance to the gap and there are jaunting cars available from just outside that will take you through the gap if you choose not to walk. You can get a boat from the end of the Gap over the Upper Lake and all the way to Ross Castle.


Overall if you decide to walk the gap this 6km trek will take about 1 hour each way if you choose not to get a boat trip at the end.


Nearby Sights/Walks

Lakes of Killarney 

The Lakes of Killarney are a group of three lakes located in Killarney and they are called Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake. These lakes are set in the stunning Killarney National Park and are surrounded by mountains and forests, making them truly wonderful to see.

Killarney Town

The starting point for any trip to Killarney is obviously the town of Killarney. The town is bustling with life and there is no shortage of things to do around it. Be it the many shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, bars, cinema, or countless other spots to check out.


Aghadoe is famed for its natural beauty, historical attractions, and views. Home to some of the best views of Killarney National Park and the Lakes of Killarney, a trip out to Aghadoe is a trip well spent. See the ruins of various 7th – 13th century ruins such as a Norman Round tower and old church.

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