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The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney

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Killarney, Ireland
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.
Food and drinks, unless specified
Jaunting Cart Ride ( EUR 25.00 per person)

Departure Point

22 Main St, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 NP74, Ireland

22 Main St Killarney

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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:  
Ross Castle
If you would like to walk back to Killarney after the boat trip which arrives into Ross Castle Pier then you will have time to visit Ross Castle.Admission extra.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Gap of Dunloe
Journey through the magnificent Gap of Dunloe for 7 miles. The hike will take between 2 hrs and 2 hrs 30 minutes depending on your fitness level. The Horse Carriages which takes 4 persons at an additional charge of E 25 per person will take 1 hr 30 minutes approx.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Deros Coach Tours
Meeting point at Deros Tours,22 Main Street,Killarney no later than 10.15am as the tour departs at 10.30am.
  • 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 face masks and attendee health during The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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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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What is the social distancing policy during The Gap of Dunloe Full-Day Tour from Killarney?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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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.
1 traveler 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
Fabulous views, both mountains and...
Claudia C
, Jun 2017
Fabulous views, both mountains and lakes. The cart ride with a local driver was fun and gave us additional history about the area, and the boat ride with another local tour guide was breathtakingly beautiful. Great way to enjoy the natural beauty that Ireland is so famous for.
Great tour - would recommend. Check...
Jane V
, May 2017
Great tour - would recommend. Check price of jaunting car as it has recently gone up and was more than quoted in the booking you need cash.The boat trip was superb and Donal was a brilliant guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Absolutely stunning walking through...
Benjamin Q
, Oct 2016
Absolutely stunning walking through the Gap of Dunloe, you had 2 options to go through it. Either physically walking it or taking a horse ride, the walk was 3 hours and horse is 90 mins. The road is completely paved so there's no way you can get lost, there are TONS picturesque moments so I do recommend the walk. There is a boat ride back to along the rivers to Ross Castle which was roughly about 60 mins I could be wrong but I found that part was absolutely gorgeous, we also completely lucked out since the weather was sunny were as the week before it was raining like no tomorrow.
1 traveler found this review helpful
that was the highlight of my trip...
, Sep 2016
that was the highlight of my trip. It is a hike, and it is stunnigly beautiful. if you can, walk it, it's worth it!
2 travelers found this review helpful

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