One of the most famous, traditional day trips in Killarney is a trip through the Gap of Dunloe. The journey takes you along the lakes of Killarney and through the world-famous “Gap” in the valley of Dunloe, where you will see beautiful views of the mountains, hilltops, and lakes of Killarney.
I recently did this wonderful trip and the start of our journey began at Ross Castle in Killarney where we met our driver from Killarney Day Tours. We travelled with 11 others and a few bikes (and my dog) for an hour and a half through the beautiful three lakes of Killarney. Along the way, we stopped for a few minutes at Inisfallen Island, where a Monastery was built by monks in the 7th Century.
After our boat trip, we were dropped off at Brandon Cottage. This was originally a hunting lodge but now a cafe where you can get tea and sandwiches (and maybe an ice-cream depending on the weather!!).
At this point, the journey really begins. You have numerous ways to travel through the scenic Gap of Dunloe – by traditional jaunting car, bike (hence why there were bikes on the boat) or hiking. We decided to walk the 7 miles through the Gap. There are many hills along the way so walking or cycling is definitely not for the faint-hearted. The scenery is absolutely stunning and as you get higher up though the hills, the views become more breathtaking.
We stopped along the way and had a picnic of sandwiches and snacks which we brought with us. We were very lucky with the weather on the day we did the trip as it was lovely and sunny (which is a rarity in Ireland!), which made the walk much nicer and we were able to relax with ease while we ate. We also met plenty other fellow journey-fellows en route – holiday makers and locals of all ages.
The journey took us approx. six hours including the boat trip. We finished our journey at Kate Kearney’s Cottage where we sat outside with ice-creams (again cough!) and watched all the people passing by. It was truly a wonderful trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I have posted some of the pictures of the day trip below.
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