Group Size: 2 - 12 Duration: 1 Day Price: $125.00

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Killarney – Gap of Dunloe – Day Tour

Pick-up Location – 22 Main street Killarney 

Ross CastleKate Kearney’s Cottage

You start your tour of the Gap at Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

It was at this site during her long-ago residency that Kate distilled her famous Poitín (Potion), ‘Kate Kearney’s Mountain Dew‘, which was “very fierce and wild, requiring not less than seven times its own quantity of water to tame and subdue it“. It was of course illicit.

Gap of Dunloe

From the Cottage you can “Walk The Gap” through the seven mile pass as it is an ideal location for hiking, Or alternatively you may wish to avail of

Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport the Jaunting Car / Pony and Carriage which are an optional mode of transport through The Gap.

Muckross House, Killarney

Muckross House Killarney County Kerry

Formed twenty-five thousand years ago during Ireland’s last ice age, The Gap is a glacial u-shaped valley which stretches 11 kilometers from Kate Kearney’s to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, with the most awe-inspiring views.

Lakes of Killarney

Within the pass are five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough. These lakes are connected by the River Loe.

The Wishing Bridge

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 Black Valley

At the Gap’s southern end, the road twists steeply down to the remote Black Valley and Lord Brandon’s Cottage, a 19th-century hunting lodge surrounded by lush, green water meadows with a simple open-air café where lunch may be had (cost not included in tour price).

Ross Castle

There, boats are waiting on the Gearhameen River for the journey back via the enchanting Upper, Middle and Lower Lakes of Killarney to the historic Ross Castle where transport awaits for the journey back to Killarney Town ten minutes after the last boat arrives.

The Ballad of ‘Kate Kearney’

Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson)
wrote The Ballad ‘Kate Kearney’ around 1800:

Oh! Have you not heard of Kate Kearney,
Who lives on the banks of Killarney;
From the glance of her eye,
Shun danger and fly,
For fatal’s the glance of Kate Kearney.

While her eyes are so modestly beaming,
You’d ne’er think of mischief she’s dreaming:
Yet oh, I can tell
How fatal’s the spell
That lurks in the eye of Kate Kearney.

O should you e’er meet this Kate Kearney,
Who lives on the banks of Killarney;
Beware of her smile,
For many a wile,
Lies hid in the smile of Kate Kearney.

Tho’ she looks so bewitchingly simple
There’s mischief in every dimple;
And who dares inhale
Her mouth’s spicy gale,
Must die by the breath of Kate Kearney.

In 1811, not long after this song appeared, John Lee Lewes, published, in his book Poems,

An Answer to the Celebrated Ballad of Kate Kearney’:

Oh, yes, I have seen this Kate Kearney,
Who lives on the banks of Killarney;
From her love-beaming eye,
What mortal can fly,
Unsubdued by the glance of Kate Kearney;

For that eye so seducingly beaming,
Assures me of mischief she’s dreaming,
And I feel ‘tis in vain,
To fly from the chain,
That binds me to lovely Kate Kearney,

At eve, when I’ve met this Kate Kearney,
On the flower-mantled banks of Killarney,
Her smile would impart,
A sweet joy to my heart,

As I gazed on the charming Kate Kearney;
On the banks of Killarney reclining,
My bosom to rapture resigning,
I first felt the smart,
Of love’s fatal dart,
And the soul-soothing sigh of Kate Kearney