Conor Pass

If you love to drive, you will love the Conor Pass road

Conor 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.

The road to the summit, also known as Connor Pass, is paved. It’s called R560 road. It’s 12km long and runs from the town of Dingle on the southern end of the peninsula towards 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. It’s a twisty one-lane asphalted road. 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.

Is Conor Pass open in winter?

Despite the fact that this narrow and twisting road climbs up the highest mountain pass 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. 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. 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 dangerous?

Due to the nature of the road, 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 tonnes in weight are prohibited from using the road in order to avoid difficulties in passing. 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.


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