Hiking the Gap of Dunloe from Killarney
By Viator, September 2013
With its 11 km, mostly flat route, hiking through the Gap of Dunloe is an easy feat, taking around 90 minutes from the starting point at Kate Kearney’s Cottage to the end at Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Winding through the valley, you’ll pass beneath the looming McGuillycuddy Reeks Mountains, the Purple Mountain and the Bull Mountain, and get a lookout over the gap’s 5 lakes. Don’t forget to stop for a moment on the legendary Wishing Bridge, which links Coosaun Lough and the Black Lake, and promises to bring true wishes made from its deck.
Tours from neighboring Killarney offer the chance to hike the iconic Gap of Dunloe ending with a boat ride along the Gearhameen River and a visit to nearby sights like Ross Castle and Muckross House. Don’t worry if you can’t manage the hike though — it’s also possible to travel through the Gap by traditional pony trap.