The Gap of Dunloe


Not really meant for driving a car on, the road to the Gap of Dunloe was a lot of fun to explore. The last post with Sam’s pics shows how remote and desolate the drive to this location was (at least using the route we followed), and hopefully these show how stunning the vista was. The weather was again magnificent, and I can’t think of a better place to eat a sandwich lunch and enjoy the view.

The Gap of Dunloe (from Irish: Dún Lóich, meaning “Lóich’s stronghold”, otherwise known asBearna an Choimín meaning “gap of the common-land“) is a narrow mountain pass betweenMacgillycuddy’s Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east) in County KerryIreland. It is about 11 km (7 miles) from north to south. Within it 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. (Wikipedia)

I can remember visiting the Gap of Dunloe some 20+ years ago with Lori and some friends, and on that occasion we traveled in style with Dolly… the farting horse. Locals provide horse-drawn traps for the ride up to the gap, and the day we went we had a wet and windy journey up the hill, pulled by our horse who tooted all the way.


4 thoughts on “The Gap of Dunloe

  1. Wow, I never knew Ireland had so much beautiful scenery! I’ve enjoyed your photos so far from the trip and look forward to more. I also love that you give a bit of background/information about the shots. Great work!

    • David Patterson

      Sara… thanks. Ireland is absolutely gorgeous, and I only wish we had time to see more of it. The lush greens that the irish landscape is famous for weren’t really ready when we visited, but I imagine within the next few weeks the whole countryside will be coming alive with color. Especially if the weather we enjoyed stays the same!

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