Day trip in Killarney, Gap of Dunloe

Voted one of the top 10 holiday destinations is the world by Trivago, based on reviews of the town’s hotels, Killarney is possibly my favourite place in Ireland. Located in Co Kerry, one of the most scenic counties in Ireland, there is so much beauty to see in Killarney. Also known and referred to by locals as ‘The Kingdom’, Kerry is definitely a must see.


When I worked as a PR manager, my vacations were precious and Killarney was always my No.1 destination for the Easter holidays – five glorious days of relaxation in paradise!

With Easter approaching at the end of March, it reminded me of my trip last year. The weather was amazing (it doesn’t always rain in Ireland!). I went with three friends and we stayed in the Park Place Apartments. Modern, clean and great value, these self-catering apartments were perfectly located beside the town but not too close, so we weren’t disturbed by noise at night. Car parking is available too. There’s also a lovely authentic French bakery called Petit Delice just around the corning, serving great coffee and pastries to set you up in the mornings!

We planned trips for each day, my favourite being the boat trip through the three lakes of Killarney followed by a hike through the Gap of Dunloe, finishing with a pint of Guinness at Kate Kearney’s cottage. Bliss! (This is a must do when staying in Killarney).

We booked the 11am boat trip departing from the pier at Ross Castle (10 min drive from our accommodation) so we decided to book a tour of the Castle an hour beforehand to make the most of our day. About 50 mins long, the tour of this beautiful Castle was a perfect start to the day.

Pic of Ross Castle by my friend Jen Stafford

From the Castle it was only a two-minute walk to the pier. Because we had booked in advance, we just had to give our names, pay and board the boat. Complementing the Castle tour, the skipper shared his excellent knowledge about the history and vegetation of the area as we made our way through the three beautiful lakes to Lord Brandon’s cottage. The boat trip was about an hour or so long and although it was a fine Spring day, it was chilly on the boat – wrap up warm!


We grabbed a coffee at Lord Brandon’s cottage before we set off on our hike. We opted to walk rather than cycle or take a jaunting car. I cycled a couple of years ago but the struggle uphill was real. I wanted to take in the amazing scenery without the hassle of pushing a bike. The beauty of this walk has to be seen to be believed. Myself and my friend Lisa took it easy while the other two led the way but we caught up with them towards the end. It’s hard to describe the beauty in words so I tried to capture it from my iPhone camera as best possible…

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After two and half hours of meandering through the Gap of Dunloe we reached our final destination, Kate Kearney’s cottage. A well-earned Guinness was enjoyed by all except by our designated driver!

We organised a taxi to bring us to Ross Castle to collect our car, which was about a 20-minute drive away. We made it back to the apartment with plenty of time to rest up and change for an amazing dinner at Treyvauds Restaurant. After dinner we stumbled upon live music in one of the bars on our way home so we dropped in for a night cap and a few songs…sure it would be rude not to!





5 thoughts on “Day trip in Killarney, Gap of Dunloe

    1. Thanks so much Deirdre, lovely to hear your feedback. Lucky you off to Kenmare, one of my favourite places along the Ring of Kerry! The Lime Tree restaurant is on my list for my next visit! Have a great holiday x


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