The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for 250 years. This stunning narrow mountain road passes between MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry and is about 11 km (6.8 mi) long. Within it are five lakes which are connected by the River Loe. Between the first two lakes is an old arch bridge called the ‘Wishing Bridge’ so named because it is said that wishes made while upon it are destined to come true! The traditional way to travel the gap is by horse & trap or by pony. The route starts from Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Lord Brandon’s Cottage and are guided by men who live in and around the Gap. These ‘pony men’ use a rotational system that has been in existence since the 1920’s called ‘The Turn’ which determines who takes the next customers.  As well as hiking, cycling and fishing the gap is also popular for rock climbing as the old red sandstone cliffs are mainly of horizontal cracks, and so depend on cams for protection.