Conor Pass

Conor Pass: The Ultimate Road Trip Guide

Conor Pass (Connor Pass) is a mountain pass at an elevation of 410m (1,345ft) above the sea level located in County Kerry, Ireland. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country. The road to the summit snakes through verdant vistas, and its view of the lakes below is the stuff of fairy tales.

Can you drive Conor Pass?

The road to the summit, also known as Connor Pass, is a twisty one-lane paved road. It’s called R560 road (Conor Pass Road). It’s 12km long and runs from the town of Dingle on the southern end of the peninsula to Brandon Bay and Castlegregory in the North. From Dingle Town the road runs some 4½ miles rising to 1500 ft as it winds its way to the pass.

Is Conor Pass open in winter?

Despite the fact that this narrow and twisting road climbs up one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, this road is usually open all year, but during winter months, it can be closed when the access is not cleared of snow. The drive is inadvisable in bad weather. There aren’t many bright sunny days along the Conor Pass road but there aren’t many stormy days either. More than likely, you’ll be driving through a light drizzle, a fine mist, or just an overcast sky. At any rate, the beauty of the road is the green all around and the views of the valleys below.

Is Conor Pass scary?

The road is very steep, and hits a 23% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Due to the nature of the road (with some very narrow sections where two cars cannot pass), there are length and weight restrictions, and vehicles such as caravans, camper vans and trucks can not use the road over the pass. Vehicles over two tones in weight are prohibited from using the road in order to avoid difficulties in passing. It becomes very bendy at a certain point. While this road is nowhere near the top of the list of dangerous roads it is very narrow so you have to take every curve slowly and when two cars come from different directions it can get somewhat sticky.

Is Conor Pass road scenic?

It’s said to be one of the most beautiful drives of the country. The pass is situated in the Dingle Peninsula and offers to drivers the breathtaking, cliff hanging experience of navigating through Ireland's highest mountain pass, in a road tight and precarious, weaving its way around the sharp cliff faces. At the highest point of the Conor Pass there is a small car park where you can stop and admire the dramatic view. The views from the road are breathtaking, as the glaciated landscape of mountains and corrie lakes comes into view. From the scenic carpark at the summit there are views as far as the Aran Islands off County Galway.

 

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