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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.

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What people are saying about Kerry

Well organized , friendly staff and great trip

Very well organized trip. Taken by minibus to Kate Kearny’s cottage by Kevin who gave lots of local info on the way. Walked through the Gap.. it took 2.5 hours of walking at good and steady pace (I’m in my 50s and fairly fit). The pony and traps were busy too and many passed by with happy passengers. The boat trip back through the lakes was so scenic and our boatman was so knowledgeable and funny .. met at Ross Castle by Kevin again and driven back to hotel .. this is a great trip , you need to decide if you want to walk the Gap or go through by horse and trap .. the weather was good and that helped .

Well organized

The bus transport to the exit cottage worked well. We hiked the route on foot. You should be reasonably fit for that. The landscape there is overwhelmingly beautiful. Upon arrival at the second cottage, the boat tour was expected. The boat guide told a lot about the area during the almost two-hour boat trip. Upon arrival at Ross Castle, one was already expected and taken to the center of Killarney. Overall, a very worthwhile tour.

Best activity on our Ireland trip

The gap of Dunloe is stunning. If you can walk it, you should. The views are unbeatable. Once you hike through the gap you are met by the boat driver. He was friendly and knowledgable. The fifth generation in his family to operate the boats. He knew everything from culture to nature. We had a fabulous time.

We had a great time. All steps of the transportation were well explained, the boat captain was entertaining and informative, and the weather tried its best to cooperate. If you're in the Killarney area...take this tour. If you are not in Killarney...go to Killarney...and check out this tour.

The boat trip was great fun altogether - our guide entertained us in full Kerry style.