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Gap of Dunloe

As pretty as a postcard and only reachable by slow travel, this pass gives you time to breathe the clear air and see the beauty of every wildflower.

Look for a spot where two rocky walls rise up on either side of a narrow road winding out to the green horizon and you will have found the Gap of Dunloe. This breathtaking glacial valley cuts through the mountain range of the MacGillicuddy Reeks to the west and Purple Mountain to the east.

See a view that has attracted County Kerry wanderers for centuries. Five glassy lakes, Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough, lie at the bottom of the valley, tied together by the river Loe. This countryside is untouched, with scrub and wildflowers growing on the hills. Clouds hang low in the magnificent sky as birds dart across overhead.

The whole pass of Gap of Dunloe is about 7 miles (11 kilometers) long. Leave your car behind as this narrow path would be very difficult to navigate by modern vehicles. Instead of driving, make a slow ramble on the path, ideal for meandering and enjoying your surroundings. Journey across the gap in ways travelers have done for hundreds of years before the invention of cars. Leave plenty of time to enjoy the return trip as well.

Pedal your bicycle through the Gap of Dunloe, board a traditional horse and buggy or ride a pony. Hear only the rushing of the clear waters over the rocky riverbed and the gentle noises of sheep and cattle in the hills. At every turn of the winding road, see a new view. These old red sandstone cliffs are also popular for climbing.

Consider one of the tours of the Gap of Dunloe region, which typically start at the historic inn, Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Enjoy coffee and lunch here before you set off on your journey. Go through the pass, then over the Lakes of Killarney by boat to Ross Castle. Many tours go north to south and start close to the village of Dunloe. When reaching the cottage, signage is sparse so bring a good map with you.


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Purple Heather B&B €64
Purple Heather B&B

Purple Heather B&B

Glencar Road, Beaufort
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 24 reviews
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    Situated in Beaufort, this bed & breakfast is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Dunloe Golf Course and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Gap of Dunloe. Beaufort Golf Course is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

    The Dunloe €220
    The Dunloe

    The Dunloe

    Dunloe Lower, Beaufort
       
      4.8
      of 5, from 92 reviews
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      Situated in Beaufort, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Dunloe Golf Course and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Gap of Dunloe. Beaufort Golf Course and O'Sullivan's Cascade are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Inveraray Farm Guesthouse €70
      Inveraray Farm Guesthouse

      Inveraray Farm Guesthouse

      Beaufort, Beaufort
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 51 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the mountains, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Dunloe Golf Course and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Beaufort Golf Course. Gap of Dunloe and O'Sullivan's Cascade are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Innisfallen Hotel €63
        Innisfallen Hotel

        Innisfallen Hotel

        Fossa, Killarney
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 476 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Aghadoe, Parkavonear Castle and Killarney Golf Club. Killarney Riding Stables and Dunloe Golf Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Luxury Home 4 BR House- Sleeps 8 - off the Ring of Kerry/wild Atlantic Way
          Luxury Home 4 BR House- Sleeps 8 - off the Ring of Kerry/wild Atlantic Way

          Luxury Home 4 BR House- Sleeps 8 - off the Ring of Kerry/wild Atlantic Way

          , Killarney
             
            5.0
            of 5, from 5 reviews
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            Situated in the mountains, this holiday home is close to Beaufort Golf Course, Ballymalis Castle and Dunloe Golf Course. Area attractions also include Gap of Dunloe and O'Sullivan's Cascade.

            Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa €183
            Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

            Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa

            Lakes of Killarney, Killarney
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 194 reviews
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              Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is steps away from Aghadoe and Parkavonear Castle. Killarney Riding Stables and St. Mary's Cathedral are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              The Europe Hotel & Resort €220
              The Europe Hotel & Resort

              The Europe Hotel & Resort

              Fossa, Killarney
                 
                4.8
                of 5, from 292 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                This family-friendly Fossa hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Aghadoe, Killarney Golf Club and Parkavonear Castle. Killarney Riding Stables and Dunloe Golf Course are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Killeen House Hotel €101
                Killeen House Hotel

                Killeen House Hotel

                Lakes Of Killarney, Killarney
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 81 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Fossa, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Aghadoe and Parkavonear Castle. Killarney Riding Stables and Killarney Golf Club are also within 3 miles (5 km).