Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

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Created by glacial ice millions of years ago and located just outside the country's oldest national park, the narrow Gap of Dunloe contains five lakes interlinked by the Loe River. Most visitors choose to discover this mountain pass, which stretches for about 11 km (7 mi), by hiking or riding a bike through it. Many boat operators touring the five lakes offer bikes for rent, but you can also explore the pass by taking a guided pony-cart tour, provided by the locals living in this area. Whatever your mode of transportation, be sure to stop at the old "Wishing Bridge," located between the first two lakes and so named because of local belief that wishes made upon it always come true. Take a look at our Killarney trip planner to schedule your visit to Gap of Dunloe and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Absolutely beautiful and unique. Remember that a large number of places (in southern Ireland) may be closed from December to March  more »
  • Had no idea what I was in for, I was told this was a great way to see the Gap of Dunloe... yes indeedy it was. On my Ross Castle visit, one of the lovely carriage drivers I happened to meet [not...  more »
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  • Wonderful hike. It is on the road so be mindful of carriages and cars driving around. Lots of sheep roaming the streets too. Its one of my favorite hikes in Ireland so beautiful!
  • Went to this place from Limerick. Beautiful place. The landscapes wont disappoint you. The roads go narrower while moving into the gap. There are places around where you can park your vehicle and explore the places. The road is very narrow and only one vehicle will go through at a time. There are lots of places where you can park the vehicle and let others to pass through. There is option to choose a horse ride which takes you through the gap in the horse and it is really good. There are lots of places to stop and explore while moving through the gap. You can go through the gap and move to Killarney National Park. Good experience overall
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