Between the Purple and Bull mountains of Ireland’s highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy Reeks, lies a narrow mountain pass of awe-inspiring beauty.
The Gap of Dunloe is one of Ireland’s most popular scenic destinations, purely because of the astounding views it offers to the numerous groups who visit the South of Ireland.
Located across Lake Leane on the west-side of Killarney National Park, the Gap of Dunloe is one of the finest examples of a glaciated valley in Europe, having been formed around 2 million years ago.
The passage leading through the Gap can be walked, cycled, or ridden on horseback. However, many groups of visitors choose to ‘jaunt’ in a horse-drawn trap rented from Kate Kearney’s Cottage at the beginning of the narrow, winding pathway to Lord Brandon’s Cottage at the end.
The full majesty of the Gap is 12 kilometres long and passes 5 lakes connected by the River Loe. It was used as a location in the film The Crying Game, and inspired the famed poet Alfred Lord Tennyson to write The Splendour Falls. The Gap of Dunloe is the perfect destination for your group to witness what Ireland has to offer.