Water activity

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

4.7 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: Wild Kerry Daytours

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

Activity provider: Wild Kerry Daytours
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From US$ 36.55 per person

Explore the magnificent terrain of towering summits, sleepy lakes, and dramatic castles of the Gap of Dunloe, led by an expert guide. Discover the folklore of this area, and take in the unique atmosphere of Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountain.

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  • Explore the dramatic terrain of the Gap of Dunloe
  • Enjoy round-trip-transportation from Killarney
  • Discover the facts, folklore, and history led by an expert guide
  • Visit Lord Brandon's Cottage and Ross Castle
  • Journey by foot, boat, and an optional pony/cart ride
Full description
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.
  • Bus and boat transportation
  • Expert guide
  • Optional cart or pony ride

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Meeting point

Meet at Ardross, Ross Road, Killarney.

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Know before you go

  • O’Connor Autotours offers a courtesy pick-up service on request from or near your Killarney town accommodation and at all Killarney bus and rail stations.
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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 35 reviews

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The 12 km walk through the Gap was a wonderful experience for a hiker like myself. Steady uphill with rocky fields, sheep and mountains on either side up to the top of the pass and then sweeping vista of verdant valley on the way down. Easy walking on tarmac road, biggest challenge was to find pavement free of horse and sheep poop! However, the advertised “experienced guide” was the van driver who dropped us off at one side of the pass and told us not to dawdle and that the last boats back to Ross Castle would leave after 3 pm so there would be plenty of time to relax and enjoy the Lord Brandon’s Cottage site. Unfortunately, last boat was at 2 and I nearly missed it as I slowed down to take photos! Boat ride pleasant but minimal commentary. You are really just paying for a shuttle service on either end of a lovely walk.

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June 16, 2022

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.

August 15, 2019

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 .

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June 30, 2019

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