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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

This tour is the complete Killarney adventure. A 14-mile voyage across all three 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 at approximately 10:45 AM 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 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. Approximate finish time is 3:30 PM. 

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Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

2. 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 Gap of Dunloe

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 75 reviews

The Gap of Dunloe was the highlight of my week. It was so enjoyable. The scenery was spectacular and our guides were more than helpful, both in the jaunting car and on the boat tour. We were blessed with the weather as the sun shone all day long. I would highly recommend this trip, well worth it and a fantastic experience to see Kerry at its best. Louise

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.

This was a fantastic day from start to finish and the 2 guides were so friendly and informative Highlt recommended!

Wonderful day!

This was one of our favorite activities during our 10 day trip to Ireland. Both guides were wonderful.

This was the highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend this tour!