Guided tour

Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

Guided tour

Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

From US$ 118.04 per person

Discover the beautiful Killarney lake district, then see Kate Kearney's Cottage where you will travel through the Gap of Dunloe by pony and trap. Spend the day sailing, ride an authentic pony-and-trap and discover the landscape's natural beauty.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Pass through the Gap of Dunloe on on a pony and trap
  • Sail through beautiful lakes and channels
  • Experience one of Irelands oldest tours
  • Traverse through a rugged glaciated valley
  • Navigate through the lakes of Killarney by boat
Full description

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat.

Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience. The journey begins mid-morning at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley.

Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in the price). After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle.

The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

  • Boat tour
  • Pony and trap
  • Chauffeur Transfer to/from Kate Kearney's cottage
  • Skip-the-line
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Ross Castle on the Ross road off N71. This is a 5 minute drive from Killarney town centre. Your guide will meet with you at the timber foot bridge in front of Ross Castle at 10:20 AM.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Outdoor clothing

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Backpacks
  • Baby carriages

Know before you go

  • The tour lasts from 10:20 AM - 3:00 PM
  • If the weather is windy or stormy, the tour will be cancelled. If you're around Killarney for a few days, you can move the tour to the next available day if needed
  • The tour can be done in reverse on request
  • There is a short walk from the boat to the pony and trap; there's also a brief walk during the pony and trap ride
  • Please note we cannot accept passengers that have reduced mobility, back problems or use walking aids. We cannot accept passengers that have had recent limb surgery. This tour would be too demanding for you.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 119 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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Absolutely beautiful! The jaunting car ride was super unique, and the guide for the boat portion was really helpful and knowledgeable. There is a small cafe where you can get lunch in between the jaunting car and boat ride, but it is very basic (packaged sandwiches, soup, and tea) so you might want to pack a lunch with you. Also, bring a poncho regardless of the season as it is completely outdoors.

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October 31, 2022

This tour first by boat and then by horsedrawn jaunting car was one of the favourite experiences of our whole trip. The gap of Dunloe is beautiful, and what a great way to see it. I'd recommend this tour very highly. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that we did not enjoy that bicycles took up the front of our first boat (even though bicycling was not part of our tour), impeding our view and causing us to be rather on top of each other with others in the remaining space. One of our family was seated next to the bikes and got grease from the pedals on their pants.

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August 26, 2022

Wonderful 1.5hrs through the rugged Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley before being taken by boat through the glorious ancient Woodlands of the Killarney National Park with it's three distinctive lakes. Wonderful witty commentary from our guide throughout as he negotiated narrow waterways before returning to Ross Castle.

July 8, 2022

Product ID: 14576