The Gap of Dunloe in Ireland is hands down the most beautiful, magical place I have ever visited. My husband and I visited as part of our two week trip to England and Ireland, and we both agree that it was our favorite destination (and it hasn’t been beat since!).
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The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain passageway in the County Kerry, Ireland. The road through the Gap is about 7 miles long, which stretches between the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks to the west and the Purple Mountain to the east. The River Loe connects five beautiful lakes in the area- and they are truly breathtaking! You can visit the Gap on foot (which was our choice!) or by renting a jaunting car (a horse-drawn trap driven by a local ponyman). Along the way, you’ll pass a beautiful arched bridge called the Wishing Bridge, several old buildings, and countless friendly sheep. Does it sound magical? Because it truly is!
If you read my post on How to Spend 36 Hours in Killarney, Ireland, then you already know that I am in love with the Gap of Dunloe. We were blessed with gorgeous, sunny weather, but I’ve heard that it is beautiful year round. If you’re heading to Ireland, I cannot recommend this beautiful, peaceful setting enough. I’m so excited to share 15 of my favorite photos from our trip.
15 Photos to Inspire You to Visit the Gap of Dunloe, Ireland
The view was stunning, the sun was shining, and the clouds were gorgeous. It was a beautiful day!
You’ll pass several old, quaint, weathered buildings on your adventure.
The “Wishing Bridge” is near the beginning of the Gap. They say that all wishes made here come true!
There are several paths that you can explore off the main, paved road. Those green hills perfectly captured the beauty of Ireland.
They say that Ireland has at least 40 shades of green. You can see all the shades at the Gap!
The view of the Gap was beautiful from every angle! You can turn around at any point and still enjoy a glorious view.
There are a total of five lakes in the Gap. The water was cool and incredibly peaceful.
We loved that there was a beautiful 360 degree view at all times.
The green hills were covered in rocks, sheep, and purple flowers. It felt like a fairytale!
The sheep were so friendly and adorable! Some were behind fences but many walked alongside us.
The paved path kept leading us to more magical places. The views kept getting prettier!
We took the time to stop and relax. When you go, be sure to slow down and take in the sights, smells, and sounds.
Be prepared to make friends with the sheep- they really are everywhere!
Really, the lakes are magnificent. Some are fenced off, but there are several places where you’re free to kick off your shoes and dip your feet in the cool water.
If you’re like us, you won’t want to tear yourself away from the Gap of Dunloe. If you decide to add it to your itinerary of Ireland, you might want to check out my post on How to Spend 36 Hours in Killarney, Ireland.
I’m sure you can see why we loved our visit to the Gap of Dunloe, and I hope you’ve been inspired to visit it too! If you’ve been to the Gap of Dunloe, I would love what you loved about it!
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