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The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney

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The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney

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Spend the day exploring Ireland’s most stunning natural landscapes on this full-day tour of the Gap of Dunloe from Killarney. Follow your guide on a seven-mile (11 kilometer) adventure that covers some of the nation’s vast emerald scenery. Enjoy ample time for hiking, take an optional Jaunting Cart ride, and kick back and relax during a boat ride on the Gearhameen River. This tour also includes a stop at the Ross Castle.
  • Half-day tour from Killarney to the Gap of Dunloe
  • Trek through the magnificent Gap of Dunloe
  • Cruise by boat on the Gearhameen River
  • Explore Ross Castle (own expense)
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Bus and Boat trip only
Transport to Kate Kearneys Cottage and return from Ross Castle.
Free Car Park at Ross Castle.With prior notice (24 hours) we offer a free pick up at Ross Castle.
Food and drinks, unless specified
Jaunting Cart Ride ( EUR 25.00 per person)
22 Main St , 22 Main St, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 NP74, Ireland

22 Main St Killarney

10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart central Killarney and travel in the comfort on an air-conditioned coach to Kate Kearney’s Cottage, where you’ll have the chance to experience the magic of a traditional Jaunting Cart Ride (€25.00 per person to be paid on the day, based on 4 people sharing) through six miles of scenic landscape. As a more active alternative, travelers can opt to hike the famed Gap of Dunloe.

After an epic wander through the emerald isle, boats will be waiting along the Gearhameen River for a tour of the upper, middle and lower lakes. Make a stop at the Ross Castle, where you’ll have a chance to witness the life of early Irish royalty before making your way back to Killarney on a comfortable coach bus.
Stop At:  
Gap of Dunloe
Considering a walking, rambling or hiking tour along with a fantastic boat ride through the Lakes of Killarney among spectacular scenery? Look no further than a Deros tour to the Gap of Dunloe (from Irish: Dún Lóich, meaning “Lóich’s stronghold”, otherwise known as Bearna an Choimín meaning “gap of the common-land”). The Gap is a narrow mountain pass between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east) of just under seven miles long and your hike takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. There are daily tours to this magnificent landscape leaving from our office in the centre of Killarney daily at 10.30am
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kate Kearney's Cottage
Nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe lies Kate Kearney's Cottage, a 150 year old family-run establishment. The Cottage is now a Restaurant and a typical traditional Pub. Kate's as is know locally is the starting point for the walk or horse carriages to go through the Gap of Dunloe.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Located at the ‘end’ of the gap, if you walk from the Kate Kearny side, Lord Brandon’s Cottage is a welcome site for those that have conquered the first leg of the walk. Once a grand hunting lodge, the cottage has a tale of love and betrayal tide to it, which you’ll discover shortly. Lord Brandon's Cottage, a 19th-century hunting lodge surrounded by lush, green water meadows. There’s a cafe at Lord Brandon’s Cottage now, where you can nip into for a coffee or a small snack. They only take cash, so make sure to hit up an ATM if you plan on visiting. In the summer months there is plenty of space to have a picnic and relax before the boat trip through the Lakes of Killarney. The boatman will meet you at the Cottage and show you the boats that will be waiting to take you through the famous Lakes of Killarney to Ross Castle.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lakes of Killarney
The 3 Lakes of Killarney occupy a broad valley stretching south between the mountains that surround them and are all in the National Park Lough Leane (Lower Lake), Muckross Lake ( Middle Lake) and the Upper Lake are threaded together across a quarter of National Park's 25,000 acres The boat trip offers stunning and picturesque views over the MacGillcuddy’s Reeks mountain range At the tip of the Muckross Peninsula is the quaint Brickeen Bridge and Dinis Island further on with its sub-tropical vegetation and views of the 'Meeting of the Waters’. A narrow straight called the Long Range leads to the island-studded Upper Lake The Middle Lake or Muckross Lake holds an excellent stock of spring salmon. Lough Leane is the largest of the 3 lakes. The River Laune flows from the lake into the Dingle Bay to the northwest. Innisfallen is an island in Lough Leane and is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period
Pass By:  
Ross Castle
Ross Castle is a 15th-century tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park It is the ancestral home of the Chiefs of the Clan O'Donoghue, later associated with the Brownes of Killarney In the early 16th century the English Crown granted the extensive sum of 10 Pounds Sterling for every fortification or tower house erected by their subjects. Accordingly in 1533 Richard Nugent, the 12th Baron of Delvin commenced the construction of a stronghold, which was to become known as the Castle of Ross. Ross Castle was built in the late 15th century by local ruling clan the O'Donoghues Mór (Ross), though ownership changed hands during the Second Desmond Rebellion of the 1580s to the MacCarthy Mór. ... The Irish had a prophecy that Ross could never be taken until a warship could swim on the lake, an unbelievable prospect. The castle is a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Jaunting Carriages are paid directly at Kate Kearneys Cottage at a cost of E 25 pp (cash only).There are 4 passengers in each carriage
  • Carriages may be hired privately and the total cost would be E 100 per carriage.There is no pre booking for carriages as the booking may be made on arrival at Kate Kearneys Cottage.
  • There is not enough time to visit Ross Castle before returning to Killarney but visitors may stay at Ross Castle and enjoy a lesisurely walk to Killarney through the National Park (30 to 40 minutes).
  • Tours of the Castle takes 1 hour.Pre booking is advisable and can be done by phoning 353 64 6635851 or visit
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There is free car parking at Ross Castle where the tour terminates and we can certainly collect customers at Ross Castle at 10am but prior notice has to be given by telephoning 00353 64 6631251 the previous evening.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Deros Coach Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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A must
, Aug 2022
The hike was steeper than we were led to believe but overall worth it The boat journey was just wonderful
Beautiful tour with three unique experiencesar
, Aug 2022
Would definitely recommend this tour but I would warn folks that some parts of the tour were a bit unclear. Be patient but speak up and be assertive. Specifically, waiting for the jaunt/to catch a ride through the gap was a bit disorganized but eventually we got there. We did rely a bit on the couple we rode with who snagged a driver quickly. Also, check in with your driver about where to meet up at Ross castle. Our bus driver Dennis was friendly and helpful. He caught us as we got off the boat and took us to the boat. I worry we might not have found him ourselves
, Aug 2022
Just walking up the gap was breath taking. Beautiful scenery! I loved the goats and horses too. Love to return and hike more.
, Jul 2022
Great tour. Highly recommend getting a jaunting cart. Walk is uphill halfway, plus the cart drivers are actual farmers on the land in the gap so very knowledgeable.
Stunning experience
, Jun 2022
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.
Fun day
, May 2022
Great scenery and weather . Horse carriage ride is quite bumpy fun. !ND dress warm for the boat ride.
Great day out
, May 2022
No refreshments available at Kate Kearney’s Cottage which was disappointing. The weather was very wet and windy but this was ok as we had suitable clothing. No map was given just a brief verbal explanation of the route on the bus - a simple map would have been useful or alternatively if we had been invited to take a photo of the route this would have been helpful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
An Amazing Experience
, May 2022
I went on a solo trip. The views were gorgeous! I loved the whole experience, from the boat to the walking tour.
Harder than it looks!!
, Apr 2022
Beautiful!! But not for the faint of heart!! (If walking) The scenery is absolutely breathtaking!!!!
A must do tour!!
, Apr 2022
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!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Killarney Must See!
, Apr 2022
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!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wonderful day!
, Apr 2022
Such a beautiful hike! I loved it. I did it with my 9 year old son. We went in the first week of April and got wind, a little hail and rain, and a little sun burn. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to do. We were glad to have our ponchos and water resistant shoes. Gloves, a neck covering and some layers kept us comfortable. The boat ride back was super easy going the first 2/3 of it, but then we hit wind and then for about 15-20 minutes we were drenched as the boat hit waves. It was so cold! Our guide had us put a tarp over our laps but like I said, we were drenched. Our guide was very fun and it was a great adventure, but if the guide says to pull out the tarp, I recommend pulling out your ponchos too.
, Apr 2022
Exceedingly knowledgeable & engaging guide. He made the experience what it was. Also kept our kids attention which made it more fun for mom & dad!
Overall we had a fine...
, Mar 2022
Overall we had a fine time. The walk through the gap took two and a half hours but we weren't expecting the walk from the end of the gap to the boat to take over another half hour more. We thought for sure we had missed the only boat back to the pickup point but the luckily the captain was half an hour late himself. He wouldn't let us board just by showing him the e-ticket, we had to present the physical copy, which luckily I was able to find at the last minute. The boat ride back was intense at times (it was a cold, windy day) but enjoyable overall and unforgettable, even if in a "what have we gotten ourselves into" way.
Beautiful Lakes and Gap of Dunloe
, Jul 2021
Ben our Jarvey was brilliant as was our boat tour guide. Lots of fun facts and local legends and expert knowledge of the terrain. Hottest day of the year too, only downside was bus was incredibly hot, we asked for Aircon but the driver didn't seem to know how to operate it for the passengers. Beautiful, would recommend this trip to friends and family.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Amazing trip
, Jul 2021
We had a great day out, the scenery was amazing and staff very helpful and friendly. Would have liked more information on the menu selection at the cafe near the boats as my wife is gluten intolerant however we always bring food with us. The boat trip was brilliant and very enjoyable especially after a 7 mile walk. The price was very reasonable for the trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
One of the best experiences I have had.
Maria C
, Aug 2019
The walk is about 7 miles of fantastic views and a feeling of getting back to nature, the gap is such an idealic place, everyone should visit once to take in the atmosphere of this wonderful place x you can also use a jaunting car from the beginning of the gap. There is parking at the beginning of the gap at Kate Kearneys house. Brilliant day out.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Breathtaking views and wonderful experience
, Jul 2018
My adult daughter, husband and I did the Gap of Dunloe tour in June 2018. We were a little confused as to where we would meet the bus but found it without trouble. Bus left on time and driver was very friendly and accommodating. Arrived at Kate Kearny's cottage where you can either walk or hire a jaunting cart. We had already decided to hire jaunting cart since we are 65+. Be aware the walk is challenging...many steep hills to climb. It's doable since many people do it but you need to be in decent shape. The jaunting cart people descend on you as soon as you exit the bus so we didn't get to see the cottage (probably our fault for not allowing ourselves to be pushed). They told us the three of us could ride in the cart for 100 euros or find a fourth person to share the cost which we did. The man was very pleasant but he was a good sized man so it was very tight in the cart. If we did this tour again, I would rather stay with the 3 passengers and have a little more elbow room. The ride was just breathtaking scenery and we had a beautiful day. The Gap of Dunloe was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Our driver was nice but not very talkative. It bothered me a little that our horse had a runny nose and skinned knees (perhaps he needed a day off). The cart dropped us off at Lord Byron's where you could get lunch and refreshments and walk around the area until the boat arrived. The boat arrived at the scheduled time and the driver was very informative and friendly. Again, the beautiful day and views made the trip awesome. We were dropped off at Ross Castle where you catch the bus to return to Galway. We opted to hire a horse and buggy to take us back to town (not part of tour). We would definitely do this tour again with the changes I mentioned above. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
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We took the Gap of Dunloe tour on...
Marie G
, Oct 2017
We took the Gap of Dunloe tour on Saturday October 7th, 2017. We were pleased to receive a private car ride to Kate Kearney's Cottage where we met our cart driver Paul and his wonderful horse Gypsy. Our 7 mile ride through the gap couldn't have been more pleasurable. Paul was a gracious host. Unbelievable views/photo ops and historical info. We chose to walk up a winding hill, but got back in the cart for the balance of the ride. Paul delivered us to Captain O'Donaghue who piloted us through the 4 Killarney Lakes with a boat load of information, funny stories and graciousness. We had sun, some rain and mild wind but basically smooth sailing. We highly recommend this tour. Don't miss it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great trip! It was a 7 mile hike...
Kurt J
, Aug 2017
Great trip! It was a 7 mile hike over 3 hours. My wife and I walked it in about 2 hours 20 minutes even with stopping for pictures. There's also an option to take horse and buggies for 25 euro each. The hike is followed by a nice ride through waterways to a castle that you can quickly view.
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