Ballaghbeama Gap: don't attempt this drive with a large car

Located in County Kerry, on Ireland's Iveragh Peninsula, Ballaghbeama Gap is a tight, bendy, and quiet single track road that requires a high level of skill. Don't attempt this drive with a large car.

Ballaghbeama Gap

Running through some truly beautiful places, this is a great drive, but a drive best taken slowly and carefully. There are several curves that result in blind spots. Watch out for sheep and mountain goats. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Those without mountain driving experience should probably give it a miss. It’s not meant for new drivers or for big cars. The challenging drive will take some skill and some patience. It's very steep, hitting a 19.6% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.

The road is 16.7 km (10.37 miles) long. It is asphalted but very narrow, with almost no place for two cars to pass. Keep your eye out for passing places and be prepared to reverse/back up to let others pass you. The cell phone reception is nonexistent in many areas. Located in the centre of the Iveragh Peninsula, this is a truly beautiful road cutting across the mountains. The journey offers an exhilarating, isolated but breathtaking driving experience, with superb views.