Gap of Dunloe

A memorable road trip to Gap of Dunloe in Kerry

Gap of Dunloe is a mountain pass at an elevation of 246m (807ft) above the sea level, located in County Kerry, in the peninsular southwest region of Ireland. May be difficult for those who get car sick.

Can you drive a car through the Gap of Dunloe?

The road to Gap of Dunloe is totally paved but in very poor conditions. The pass is 9.6 km (5.96 miles) long, running north-south from Dunloe to Hollywood. You need to be a very confident driver on single track roads, hairpin bends and tight bridges.

How do you drive the Gap of Dunloe?

Situated between two stunning mountain ranges, the road features very steep sections, hitting a 19% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The road is narrow, winding, and difficult for motorised traffic, so the most popular form of transport for tourists is the horse-drawn trap. But the road is so narrow that traffic between oncoming cars and horses can become surprisingly congested. It’s a difficult drive for larger vehicles. There have been fatalities over the years of cyclists.

Is the Gap of Dunloe worth it?

Tucked away among the highest mountains in Ireland, the road is a popular tourist attraction, during the summer especially. Not recommended trying to drive it yourself - you will just get in the way of others using the road and you won't get to appreciate the beauty nearly as much. It is one of Kerry's most popular tourist destinations due to its scenery. Along the way you’ll be richly rewarded by some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in Ireland. Driving it during the day, while possible, should be avoided, as the area is packed with walkers, cyclists and jaunting cars.

 

 

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