The Gap of Dunloe. County Kerry

The Gap of Dunloe has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for 250 years. This stunning mountain is about 11km long and passes between The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry. Within it are 5 lakes connected by the River Loe and between the first two is the old stone ‘Wishing Bridge’ which all are obviously 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. These 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 customer.¬†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.