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Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)
Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)

Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)

Gap of Dunloe National School Gap of Dunloe National School Gap of Dunloe National School Off the R562 Road To Killorglin,Killarney National Park, Killarney

The Basics

The pass can be traversed on foot, by bike, or by traditional jaunting cart (pony trap), and can be seen as part of guided and self-guided half- and full-day Gap of Dunloe tours from Killarney. The Gap of Dunloe is bookended by two pubs: at the south end is Lord Brandon’s Cottage, while Kate Kearney’s Cottage—supposedly named after a previous resident who poured out poitín (a traditional moonshine popular in Ireland) to parched travelers—is at the north end. Due to the narrowness of the road and the presence of walkers, sheep, and horses, driving is not advised. Private tours from other destinations along the Ring of Kerry, including Kenmare, Cahersiveen, and Sneem, can incorporate the Gap of Dunloe as well as Ross Castle in Killarney National Park.

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The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
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$49.24 per adult
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An Amazing Experience
I went on a solo trip. The views were gorgeous! I loved the whole experience, from the boat to the walking tour.
Jackly_C, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Killarney

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New Direction
Mary_M, Jun 2022
Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)
First time I have dine this starting with the boats. I was apprehensive about taking this new direction. However, I equally enjoyed both the lake and pony trap. Our boat guide, Dermot was fantastic with giving us information about the lake and the pony guides were, as well.
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Stunning experience
Filippo_R, Jun 2022
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
One of the best park ever seen, very nice and helpful staff also. The park is marvelous and the boat trip is really interesting. Only problem the bus driver at the start was almost half an our late, once in the park I was the only one choosing to walk instead of taking the carts and I had to rush at the end in order to catch the last boat at 2pm, but they were kind enough to call and warn them to wait for me 5 minutes.
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Fun day
Cathy_C, May 2022
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
Great scenery and weather . Horse carriage ride is quite bumpy fun. !ND dress warm for the boat ride.
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Land, water and views of a lifetime
Brett_J, May 2022
Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)
The views from all along this journey were spectacular. Our boat and carriage guide were both very informative. Unless you can hike miles uphill at a quick pace, get a carriage
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Day trip
Kirstin_R, Apr 2022
Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)
Beautiful views, lovely people who tell you about the history of the sites. Would recommend the day trip.
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Amazing!
179debb, Oct 2019
The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney
Schavonne was fun, informative, and we lived her pony Mickey Mouse. We couldn’t have asked for a better guide in the beautiful mountains and valley!
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Don't Miss This
fred3660, Sep 2019
The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney
Wonderful trip through the mountains and lakes. Mary was fun and informative. Even the most didn't dampen our enthusiasm.
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Harder than it looks!!
Kim_W, Apr 2022
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
Beautiful!! But not for the faint of heart!! (If walking) The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!!!!
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A must do tour!!
G_N, Apr 2022
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
Challenging myself on a timed 7 mile hike, and I haven't done anything that intense in over 4yrs. I had from 11a-2p and I was done at 12:50p. What a blast and with the rain made it even better. And the boat ride our guide was the best, had us all laughing for days!!!
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A must.
William_H, Apr 2022
Gap of Dunloe Tour ( Boat, Bus & Carriage)
Great way to spend a day in Killarney. We walked the gap and it was beautiful. Our boat guide was wonderful and very informative.
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Killarney Must See!
Dan_I, Apr 2022
The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney
We had the Luck of the Irish the day of our tour…it was simply gorgeous out!! We had an amazing time traveling by boat across Loch Lein. Our captain Donell and his golden retrievers were excellent guides! He shared much info and folklore along the way! Highly recommend!!
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Amazing
Q2636TQlindaj, Aug 2019
The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney
This was by far the best experience we had in Ireland. Getting to be in Killarney national park was wonderful
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • A one-way walk along the length of the pass, from Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, typically takes about 2.5 hours.

  • Wear comfortable footwear and bring rain gear in case of showers.

  • Choose to end your tour on a high note by adding an optional boat ride across the Lakes of Killarney.

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How to Get There

To get to the Gap of Dunloe, follow the Ring of Kerry (N72) west from Killarney for about 4 miles (7 kilometers) before turning left onto the Gap Road. Free parking is available at Kate Kearney's. Organized tours allow visitors to walk, cycle, or travel by horse and cart along the whole length of the pass without having to double back to their car.

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When to Get There

The gap sees most footfall in July and August, when the parking lot at Kate Kearney’s often fills up by late morning. If you want a quieter experience, go in early morning or outside peak tourist season, either in spring or autumn.

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Tips for Crossing the Pass

Crossing the pass on foot requires a moderate level of physical fitness. If you don’t feel up to the full hike, simply turn back at the head of the gap. It’s also possible to take a jaunting car from Kate Kearney’s to Lord Brandon’s and walk back from there, or join an organized tour that includes pickup, either by bus or by boat, at the end of the route.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)?
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