Call us on +353 87 261 7967 or email info@killarneyboattours.com

Call us on +353 87 261 7967 or email info@killarneyboattours.com

Killarney Tour

The Killarney Tour through the Gap of Dunloe is unlike any other in the world. Guests have a number of options to choose from for the trip:

Tour Map
Cycle

Hire bikes in one of the local rental shops in Killarney on the morning of the tour.

Cycle down to Ross Castle (2km from Killarney) where the bikes are put in the boats for transport to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Note: The boats leave Ross Castle at 10.30am.

Bikes are taken one way from Ross Castle to Lord Brandon’s Cottage only as this allows passengers the rest of the day to cycle the 11km through the Gap of Dunloe and the 14km from Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Killarney (25km total) at their leisure. Bike rental is not included in the price of the tour.

Image (left) courtesy of Chris Hill

Cycle

Hire bikes in one of the local rental shops in Killarney on the morning of the tour.

Cycle down to Ross Castle (2km from Killarney) where the bikes are put in the boats for transport to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. Note: The boats leave Ross Castle at 10.30am.

Bikes are taken one way from Ross Castle to Lord Brandon’s Cottage only as this allows passengers the rest of the day to cycle the 11km through the Gap of Dunloe and the 14km from Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Killarney (25km total) at their leisure. Bike rental is not included in the price of the tour.

Image courtesy of Chris Hill

Walk

For those that wish to take boat transport only, guests can meet the boat at Ross Castle in the morning (boats depart at 10.30am daily) or a Lord Brandon’s Cottage in the afternoon (boats depart at 2pm daily). This option suits guests with their own car or bus transport. The boats depart once a day from each location.

Walk the Gap of Dunloe
Walk

For those that wish to take boat transport only, guests can meet the boat at Ross Castle in the morning (boats depart at 10.30am daily) or a Lord Brandon’s Cottage in the afternoon (boats depart at 2pm daily). This option suits guests with their own car or bus transport. The boats depart once a day from each location.

Walk the Gap of Dunloe
Killarney boat tours
Boat Return

Ideal for families with children of all ages. The boats leave Ross Castle each morning at 10.30am. The boat tour brings guests through the 3 lakes and 2 rivers of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve; Killarney National Park. At Lord Brandon’s Cottage, guests can enjoy coffee and cake at the café, then enjoy a walk in this secluded area on one of the many trails. Boats return to Ross Castle at 2pm and parking is free at Ross Castle all day.

Boat Return

Ideal for families with children of all ages. The boats leave Ross Castle each morning at 10.30am. The boat tour brings guests through the 3 lakes and 2 rivers of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve; Killarney National Park. At Lord Brandon’s Cottage, guests can enjoy coffee and cake at the café, then enjoy a walk in this secluded area on one of the many trails. Boats return to Ross Castle at 2pm and parking is free at Ross Castle all day.

Killarney boat tours
Bus & Boat

For those that don’t have their own transport, there is a bus available also which will collect you and at our office on the Muckross Road at 10am and drop you back after the tour at around 3.30pm. The tour schedule is as follows:

Coach collects passengers from the Old Weir Lodge at 10am and brings you to Kate Kearney’s Cottage near the Gap of Dunloe (14 kilometres).

At Kate Kearney’s Cottage, passengers choose whether to walk through the Gap of Dunloe or to take the pony & carriage. The distance is 11 kilometres (7 miles), the road is sealed and hiking boots are not required but comfortable shoes are! The walk generally takes 2 – 2.5 hours. The pony & carriage ride is paid for on arrival at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and is not included in the online booking price.

Please note: Due to the remote location, please be prepared to pay cash rather than using credit cards. This part of the tour generally takes 1.5 hours and a commentary is provided by the driver.

The pony and carriage/walk ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage which is at the end of the Gap of Dunloe, here, passengers may have tea/coffee, soup and sandwiches at a cafe (not included in the price). At 2pm the boats leave to bring all passengers through the 3 lakes and 2 rivers of Killarney’s National Park. The boat section is often considered to be the highlight of the tour with folklore and legends delivered by the local boat drivers while passing through scenery which hasn’t changed since the last ice age; 25,000 years ago.

The boat tour finishes at Ross Castle at roughly 3.30pm. Passengers disembark at the castle and go straight to the waiting coach. This is the same coach that dropped everybody at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. The coach transports all passengers back to the Old Weir Lodge (2 Kilometres).

Bus & Boat

For those that don’t have their own transport, there is a bus available also which will collect you and at our office on the Muckross Road at 10am and drop you back after the tour at around 3.30pm. The tour schedule is as follows:

Coach collects passengers from the Old Weir Lodge at 10am and brings you to Kate Kearney’s Cottage near the Gap of Dunloe (14 kilometres).

At Kate Kearney’s Cottage, passengers choose whether to walk through the Gap of Dunloe or to take the pony & carriage. The distance is 11 kilometres (7 miles), the road is sealed and hiking boots are not required but comfortable shoes are! The walk generally takes 2 – 2.5 hours. The pony & carriage ride is paid for on arrival at Kate Kearney’s Cottage and is not included in the online booking price.

Please note: Due to the remote location, please be prepared to pay cash rather than using credit cards. This part of the tour generally takes 1.5 hours and a commentary is provided by the driver.

The pony and carriage/walk ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage which is at the end of the Gap of Dunloe, here, passengers may have tea/coffee, soup and sandwiches at a cafe (not included in the price). At 2pm the boats leave to bring all passengers through the 3 lakes and 2 rivers of Killarney’s National Park. The boat section is often considered to be the highlight of the tour with folklore and legends delivered by the local boat drivers while passing through scenery which hasn’t changed since the last ice age; 25,000 years ago.

The boat tour finishes at Ross Castle at roughly 3.30pm. Passengers disembark at the castle and go straight to the waiting coach. This is the same coach that dropped everybody at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. The coach transports all passengers back to the Old Weir Lodge (2 Kilometres).