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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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  • Walk don't drive! I think people may be under the impression that this is a driving gap, and I guess technically it is, but you will be miserable driving, especially during the summer. There are lots....  more
    Walk don't drive! I think people may be under the impression that this is a driving gap, and I guess technically it is, but you will be miserable driving, especially during the summer. There are lots....  more »
  • The MOST beautiful place in all of Ireland. That's what some say. I now understand why. Magical lush landscapes coated with ice, backdrops of semi-frozen lakes, horses enjoying the grass and... 
    The MOST beautiful place in all of Ireland. That's what some say. I now understand why. Magical lush landscapes coated with ice, backdrops of semi-frozen lakes, horses enjoying the grass and...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful drives in Ireland. The roads are in perfect condition just take your time on the curves and when there’s cars coming your way. Must do
  • The MOST beautiful place in all of Ireland. That's what some say. I now understand why. Magical lush landscapes coated with ice, backdrops of semi-frozen lakes, horses enjoying the grass and sunshine, views that transform in totality because of the erratic weather. 🏔️ A 3 hour leisurely walk for all ages, this is a gem not to be missed. 🚶🏻🚶🏻‍♀️ The Gap of Dunloe is known to be PACKED with tourists during the summer. This was NOT the case for us. We had the walk all to ourselves. Because of the 19 flights by RyanAir which are deliberately aimed at low peak seasons, we got to experience the legendary Gap of Dunloe in such serenity. ❄️ This was truly one of the most beautiful walks I've ever had in my life.

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