Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland The Gap of Dunloe: A Hidden Irish Gem ©2012 Mike Williams ©2012 Mike Williams ©2012 Mike Williams ©2012 Mike Williams Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Ireland The Gap of Dunloe: A Hidden Irish Gem story by: Mike Williams One of the hidden gems in Ireland is the Gap of Dunloe in County Kerry. Tens of thousands circumnavigate the beautiful Ring of Kerry, unaware of one of the most awe-inspiring tracks in the country, only about 10km inside it. The Gap of Dunloe or ‘Bearna an Choimín’ in Irish, meaning gap of the common-land, is an 11km mountain pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Purple Mountain. The road is narrow and winding, so it is popular to enjoy the ride on the back of a horse-drawn trap, driven by one of the local Gap Poneymen. An old arch bridge called the 'Wishing Bridge' allows both the granting of a wish and passage over the River Loe, the river which connects the five lakes inside the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy a Guinness at Kate Kearney's Cottage at the beginning of The Gap of Dunloe, and pay a visit to Lord Brandon's Cottage for some sandwiches and tea at the other end. In between, drink in the amazingly dramatic scenery and the rustic, winding road. You may even have to stop for some sheep and probably shelter from the drizzle at some point. It is a uniquely Irish experience. Even though the track is only 11km, you should definitely allow for a few hours, particularly if you are walking or taking the horse-drawn trap. Even if you can drive, and many cars are too big to actually fit the road, it can take a while due to having to stop frequently for traffic on the single lane parts. In fact, some of the locals claim that cars are not actually allowed on the track, although cars can be seen on it outside of the peak hours. Although the Gap of Dunloe is not as frequented as the Ring of Kerry, it can get very busy due to its small size, so it is best to visit in the morning or early evening. But it is well worth the trip. > Click here to view our HOT deals to the UK & Europe > Check out the cheapest flights to the UK & Europe photos courtesy: ©2012 Mike Williams Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Europe’s 8 best music festivals Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Live like a local in Dublin Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.