Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe (from Irish: Dún Lóich, meaning "Lóich's stronghold", otherwise known as Bearna an Choimín meaning "gap of the common-land") is a narrow mountain pass in County Kerry, Ireland. The pass is located between the mountain ranges of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks (to the west) and the Purple Mountain Group (to the east). The road through The Gap, from Kate Kearney's Cottage down to Lord Brandon's Cottage, is about 11 kilometres (7 miles) in length, climbing and descending about 200 metres (650 feet) in total elevation change. Within the Gap are five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough (north to south). These lakes are connected by the River Loe. 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 Gap has long been a popular tourist attraction. The road through it is narrow, winding and is difficult for motor vehicles. A popular form of transport for tourists is the jaunting car. We chose to walk it from Lord Brandon's Cottage to Kate Kearney's Cottage