Killarney Tours
The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney
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The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney

By Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
About
The remote Gap of Dunloe features spectacular scenery but is hard to navigate, so this half-day tour makes it easy to access the photogenic mountain pass from Killarney’s medieval Ross Castle. The classic Irish adventure includes a narrated boat ride on the lakes of Killarney plus a pony-drawn carriage ride through the relatively untouched Black Valley, so you can travel the way that locals have for centuries.
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Ages 3-99, max of 60 per group
Duration: 5h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Explore some of Killarney's most remote yet rewarding landscapes
  • Travel through the Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley on a traditional pony cart
  • Learn about the region's history on a boat ride through the Lakes of Killarney
  • Convenient start and end point at historic Ross Castle

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Lough Leane
  • Entry/Admission - Black Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Gap of Dunloe
  • Entry/Admission - Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Old Weir Bridge
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Ross Castle


Start:
  • Ross Castle, Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 V304, Ireland
    Company rep from Tangney's of Killarney will meet with you at 10.10am at the wooden foot bridge in front of Ross Castle. There is free car parking at Ross Castle
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16620P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16620P3

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    • Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 V304, Ireland
      Company rep from Tangney's of Killarney will meet with you at 10.10am at the wooden foot bridge in front of Ross Castle. There is free car parking at Ross Castle
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    • Killarney Jaunting Cars Tangney Tours
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    • PerkinsvilleIN
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      By far one of my favorite things we did in Ireland.
      We had perfect weather for our Jaunting Car ride through the park. Our driver was part if the family and very informed about the area and different areas in the park as well as the history of his families company. We had a great time.
      Written July 11, 2024
    • 851crasht
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      A delightful way to see the park and castle!
      We had such a great time with our guide John and his horse Samson! He was very friendly and informative! He even told us a cheeky joke about the fallen tree in the park along the way ;) We had a delightful ride and then a stop at Ross Castle. John was very knowledgeable and greeted passersby as well. His recommendation for dinner at Tattler Jack's was spot on as well! We highly recommend taking this company's tour! It was so nice for me to relax and enjoy the views four once as I was the driver for all of our trip.
      Written June 28, 2024
    • sbcucinotta
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      Highlight Of Our Vacation!
      This The Gap of Dunloe Adventure & Lakes of Killarney Day Tour was the highlight of our 10 day vacation! It was run very well from the first point of contact at at Ross Castle wooden bridge. I do not know the name of our Jaunting Car driver, but his horse was Mickey Mouse. He talked "Horse" language to Mickey Mouse the whole ride. Excellent day! Next we boarded a boat with Rory! Rory was an excellent guide with lots of knowledge about the lakes, rivers and wildlife! Very fun day with Killarney Jaunting Cars and their Gap of Dunloe Adventure & Lakes of Killarney Day Tour!!
      Written June 28, 2024
    • Skiahlc
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      Amazing ride followed by fabulous pizza!!
      The Jaunting Car Tour was a lovely, relaxing ride through the Park. Our driver, Johnny, was very entertaining and knowledgeable of the area. Were dropped off at the Craft Brewery afterwards for the BEST Pizza I've had in a long time (Craft Beer was great too!))
      Written June 24, 2024
    • 365diy
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      Phenomenal Experience
      My daughter and I had the most beautiful experience with the horse carriage ride and the afternoon tea at the Great Killarney Hotel after that. Our charriottier Owen was a local from Killarney, super friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the area and buildings. He took us through the park and we got to see so many deer that were in the creek drinking water. The drive though the national park was breathtaking. We had 15 minute stop at the Ross castle and that was a beautiful experience on its own. When we got back to the hotel, the tea table was all set up for us, such an exquisite experience. I wish we had something like that in the US. Besides the amazing teas, jams, jellies and Guiness stout bread, we were served mimosas and then, oh my goodness, each one of us was given this most beautiful three-tier arrangement with tea sandwiches, pastries, scones, desserts and fresh fruit. The most beautiful exquisite arrangement and super delicious. Our hostess was so sweet and attentive. I am truly grateful for this whole experience.
      Written June 19, 2024
    • billjV5012IC
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      We apparently got a dud.
      We could hear the drivers in the carts in front and behind us regaling their passengers with stories and jokes. Our driver said basically nothing the whole time. I asked a couple of questions, which he briefly and politely answered, and the back to silence. Another passenger looked at me and said, “we got in the wrong wagon.” The 15 minute visit to Ross Castle grounds was short but ok. Overall it was a big disappointment.
      Written June 12, 2024
    • PAdixie
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      A fun time!!
      We did the jaunting car, in Killarney, which is a two wheeled carriage drawn by a single horse with a driver in front. It was a beautiful sunny day for the trip and the drive through the park was beautiful with an entertaining and knowledgeable driver. Throughout the park we saw beautiful flowers and even a couple of small deer. If the weather is cooler blankets are supplied for your comfort. I would recommend it to anyone if you are in the area.
      Written June 3, 2024
    • mkearns515
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      The crowd from Scart.
      A fantastic experience- Vishnu was exceptional, hilarious, entertaining, charming and extremely knowledgable of Killarney. He really made our trip one to remember- cannot recommend highly enough.
      Written June 2, 2024
    • ReadytoTravel51
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      FUN !!!
      This was fun. Mike (our driver) and Ruby (our spirited horse) make the trip informative and fun. The park is beautiful and the ride is well worth it.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • EileenDreyer
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      Flawless and Fun
      I can't say enough about the company. From the moment I began making inquiries, everyone was helpful, patient and thorough, especially Laura. We had a party of 9 who needed different tours, 5 of us across the Gap and over the lakes, and 4 who merely wished to go up the Gap and back from Kate Kearney's cottage. Communication was flawless. Everyone was waiting for us just as promised- since the first party had 3 separate guides. All were knowledgeable, friendly and thorough. The tours were comfortable, safe and exciting. The Gap is a place you don't want to miss, and if you can see it with Killarney Jaunting Cars.
      Written May 13, 2024
    • Y8631JQchrish
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      Great Ride
      The ride was fabulous and our guide Michael was fantastic. He took us throught the park and to the castle. He was informative, friendly and funny. Vinny the horse was great too. A trip we'll worth the value.
      Written May 13, 2024
    • 529adrielw
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      Fantastic and Entertaining Ride Through Killarney National Park
      We had a great time on our jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park on Monday, May 6th. Vishnu drove our car pulled by Casey the horse. Vishnu was fun and funny! He gave us a list of great restaurant options for dinner and shared his extensive knowledge of Killarney and the park. We also got to talk about horses! I highly recommend taking a jaunting car tour from Killarney Jaunting Cars! If you're lucky you'll get Vishnu and Casey!
      Written May 13, 2024
    • TIpperGee13
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      Must do in Killarney!
      What an amazing 90 mins we had with James and his house Megan We were travelling with two small boys and James was super kind and caring with them and really did not mind their many questions and occasional over excitement. The jaunt around the National Park was so lovely even on a gloomy rainy day in April. The deer were a real treat to see in the wild. The stop at Ross Castle was really lovely too. Short and sweet. HIghly recommend if you are visiting Killarney. We picked the ride up from outside the Outlet Centre/Southern Hotel
      Written May 7, 2024
    • jmrtwil
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      Jaunting with Michael
      We did a jaunting car tour around the Killarney National Park. We started and finished at Ross Castle. We struck gold with the combination of Michael and Jessie the horse. The rain clouds cleared and the sun came out at just the right time. Michael had some interesting and humorous banter including local history and plant identification. A very well spent 3/4's of an hour.
      Written April 30, 2024
    • marionfK8431JC
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      Jaunt ride with lots of laughs!
      Our driver Joseph made this experience wonderful. Horse's name was Jacoby, pretty much self driving. Joseph was a great Irish storyteller and had us all laughing the whole ride. Took some pictures and even taught us how to use the camera on our phones. Great experience, lots of fun.
      Written April 21, 2024
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    Niall
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021 • Solo
    What can I say?! Absolutely fantastic from start to finish! From the two women who took us in their car to the Jaunty Cars... they were so kind and brilliant to listen to. Myself and the two American women were spellbound by the views when we got on the jaunty cars. Our driver, a young lad called Sean, was very informative and passionate about what he was doing. He answered our questions and educated us about life in these remote parts. Our horse Paddy was very well behaved and we got out when he needed a little rest, which we were only happy to do. Fair play to Sean for being a master at handling Paddy.
    When we arrived in Killarney National Park, we had opportunity to eat something delicious from the menu. Visitors be aware that it was cash only. The size portions are very generous and the vegetable soup was delicious!
    On the final part of our journey, we got into the motor boat with the highly entertaining and all-round brilliant guide - Dux! Dux brought his beautiful dogs Bob and Marley for the trip. They were so friendly and only added to the experience. Dux made us laugh from the moment we hopped on the boat. His knowledge of the lakes and mountains are incontrovertible - he is an incredible guide! I’d easily return to hear it all again with more people.
    First time in The Kingdom, but you’ve made this Cavan man realise that it won’t be his last. Thank you!
    Written June 19, 2021
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    Paula M
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    Aug 2022
    This is by far the best and most experienced company to book when touring the Gap, the National Park, etc. by jaunting cart. The service, knowledge, jarveys (drivers) all combine to make an exceptional day in Killarney! This tour is always the best part of a trip to Killarney. Fifth generation family business says it all! Thanks to the whole team, including Patrick and Liam.
    Written September 21, 2022
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    Lolly2345
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    This tour was great, we got a boat from Ross castle, cart from Lord Brandon’s and then we were returned to our car in Ross Castle. Everyone we met was very friendly and informative. The procedures had been updated for covid-19 and everyone was socially distanced, but this didn’t distract from the enjoyment! Highly recommended!
    Written July 24, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Firstly thank you for posting your review, we are delighted you had the opportunity to take a tour with us in The famous Gap of Dunloe. During these covid-19 times we have implement many new procedures in order to keep our team as well as our guests safe and thank you for letting us know we are doing a good job. Take Care and we hope we can welcome you back to Killarney again sometime to explore some more of our wonderful tours
    Written July 25, 2020
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    Aoife M
    Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
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    Aug 2020 • Friends
    Absolutely fantastic experience. It was the highlight of our trip to Kerry. The scenery is beautiful and our tour guide Bernie was great, very accomadating and pleasant. Wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk a small bit to let the horse rest. We will definitely go again
    Written August 11, 2020
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    Thank you for posting a great review and we are delighted you enjoyed your day in The Gap of Dunloe. We cant wait to welcome you back, we will pass your compliments onto Bernie.
    Written August 17, 2020
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    kingmodiddy
    San Diego, CA129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The day of our tour, I unfortunately was having trouble navigating the streets and ran a bit late. One of the owners contacted me to make sure that I was OK. She then went a step further, and met us personally, and drove us to where we were supposed to be so going above and beyond the call of duty. She was very friendly, and gave us information about the town and the tour as we drove. Once at the meeting point, we met our driver for the day the horses were well taken care of, and the driver was fond of the horse apparently. The gap of dunloe was beautiful. The boat ride was awesome as well. We enjoyed every bit of the trip.
    Written April 14, 2023
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    Becky A
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    We very much enjoyed this tour! The Gap of Dunloe was gorgeous and the highlight of our time in Ireland. Our jaunting cart driver Pat (and his son Liam) were wonderful, informative, helpful, and genuinely kind people. Our boat tour guide was knowledgable and the boat trip was peaceful. We would do this trip again!
    Written July 28, 2022
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    Judith L
    37 contributions
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    Jul 2018 • Friends
    Our "guide" merely met us, showed us a map, told us where we were going. Then she left. Our two boat drivers did not say anything about any of the scenery along the way, and it was not anything noteworthy. Despite rain jackets, we were all soaked when we finally arrived after 3+ hours to Lord Brandon's Cottage. Our guide did not meet us there. We refused to go on the horse/cart back to town, as it was unprotected also, and we were cold to the bone. We arranged for a taxi-van to come out and pick us up, at our own expense. It was worth it to bail out of this trip. Plus the water level at the Lake was way down and one boat driver had to get out and drag us over rocks (with the help of another boat driver). Some people had to get out of the boat (to lighten the load), and they had to step off into cold 6"+ water (soaking their shoes). Maybe they should cancel this tour until there is at least enough water to handle it. Even then, I would suggest another tour instead.
    Written July 29, 2018
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    Ruth M
    Zephyrhills, FL33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2018
    On June 3, 2018 I took my family on this wonderful tour which takes at least 5 to 6 hours. Dress warmly as you will go over the top of the Gap of Dunloe in the Magillicuddy Reeks mountains and it can be quite chilly up there. Your reservation includes your being picked up at your lodging, transportation to the mountain road area where the jaunting car drivers line up. Then it's $25 Euros to the jaunting car driver per person for the 7 1/2 mile horse drawn cart trip. You wind up at Lord Bandon's Cottage where you can obtain food and beverages. Then you walk either to a dock (if the water level is high enough or, at this time the water was too low so everyone had to walk on a path through the marsh to the waiting 12 passenger dory boats for the river and lake trip back to Ross Castle near the Killarney Town Centre. Unfortunately the day turned quite chilly and although it wasn't too bad going down the river, when we reached the largest lake, Lough Leane, it was 48 degrees and very chilly. We were quite delighted to arrive at the Castle to be picked up by the waiting bus to take us back to our lodgings. So be sure to dress warmly and perhaps a raincoat is in order should the weather turn wet. All in all this is a wonderful tour which I have now done seven times over the last 33 years and I highly recommend it to everyone.
    Written July 2, 2018
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    Kyle B
    United States10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2019 • Family
    We started off at Ross Castle around 10am. I should also preface that this was in the first week of April 2019. We were met with a person with Tangney who showed us to our driver and "bus'. I'm front the US so the "bus" was just a van really. The driver took my family and another family up to the beginning of our trip through the Gap of Dunloe. The area was quite nice. There was a small cafe for coffee, tea, and food. From here we were shown our horse and a small cart. It's more like a small chariot or box with wheels. Our horse was Tom, and I unfortunately don't remember our guide's name. He was awesome nonetheless and pointed out things and scenery throughout our tour of the Gap of Dunloe. There were a couple of times we needed to get out of the cart to give Tom the horse a break and to make it up some hills. You have to remember the horse is pulling the guide and your party. If you have only 2 in your party there's no problem. For us it was just me, my wife, and our teenager. All together we weighed around 450 lbs. We also took a woman from the other group to help alleviate some weight for their horse. During the cart drive we experience sunshine, warmth, cold blustering wind, rain, snow, and hail. It was an awesome experience really. Along the way we saw an awesome landscape, natural streams & mini waterfalls, snow capped mountains, really green grass, sheep & really tiny lambs.

    At the end is a small cottage with outdoor seating that served an awesome mushroom soup and a vegetable soup with bread. They also made sandwiches. There we waiting for our boat. During the hour wait we again saw rain, wind, and sunshine.

    The boat back to Ross Castle was an adventure really. Our boat driver was awesome and quite funny. The boat driver did give us tarp to cover ourselves with and it did help keep you dry. If you were in the front of the boat though you took the brunt of the waves. The tarp did little to keep you dry at the front of the boat. Still the views from the lake were awesome. It would have been nicer if the weather cooperated but the tour company could do little to control the weather. Visitors should remember you are in Ireland and dress accordingly and come prepared for all 4 seasons. I would recommend bringing/wearing a waterproof jacket and pants if possible. At the very least have a dry change of clothes left in the car for your return.
    Bring something to keep your face from getting wind burned. Just like any boat tour do remember the life jackets will smell. :)
    Written April 9, 2019
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    Suma16
    Cheshire111 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2019
    We were met at Ross Castle and taken to the start where we got on our jaunting cart for our ride through the Gap of Dunlop. After lunch we enjoyed a boat ride with Dux back to Ross Castle. The whole experience was amazing and so well organised. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Tangneys..
    Written September 29, 2019
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    Thank you for posting a great review and we are delighted you enjoyed The Gap of Dunloe Tour with us. Yes we agree with you this tour is amazing!! We hope we can welcome you back to Killarney again sometime to enjoy some more of our amazing tour options on offer.
    Written September 30, 2019
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