The Connor Pass


We had to cross some of the highest mountains in Ireland to get to Dingle, and the steep, narrow road that led us toward the Connor Pass was an adventure! As we climbed into the clouds, the wind and rain picked up considerably, but we still enjoyed the magnificent views along the way.

The Connor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland. It is situated on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, on the road that crosses the peninsula between Dingle Town and the coast the other side. The Mountains the Pass crosses are the Brandon Mountains and contain Ireland’s second highest peak Brandon Mountain at 3127 ft. From Dingle Town the road runs some 4½ miles rising to 1500 ft as it winds its way to the pass. (

Based on the current – and likely normal – climate, the pretty waterfall found about half way up the Connor Pass probably isn’t just seasonal, and when we stopped here to enjoy a sandwich lunch, it was cranking.

Even on an overcast and soggy day, the views from the top of the Connor Pass toward the Atlantic Ocean were stunning. This imposing and impressive road only added to our excitement, and as we hurtled down the other side toward Dingle, we both agreed that there can’t be many stretches of road like this one!