We are planning a self-drive holiday next April and will be spending two nights in Killarney. This driving route has been described by one of the posters (A T): Killarney - Muckross House - Old Kenmare Road - Molls Gap - Blackwater Valley - Gap of Dunloe - Kate Kearney's Cottage - Killarney, which took 2-3 hours. I would like to know the road condition and terrain for this loop, especially around Gap of Dunloe. I was under the impression that the road is only for hikers. cyclists and jaunting cars. Kindly clarify. Thank you.
This road is definitely open to cars they just prefer no cars go through so it's better to enter from the other side but you can absolutely take a car through there. It is a very neat and scenic drive. Not busy as most tourists go on the horse carts. My suggestion is entering it from the other side instead of the side where you go into the gap.
Ignore the earlier replies. The road is fully operational and accessible by cars (and will have plenty of cars on it on any given day). It is fully surfaced. In places, it is only one lane wide, but there are plenty of places made to pull in to pass by (just like the Conor Pass or Sleigh Head, and many other scenic routes in Kerry). One of the best car journeys in Ireland (best to finish at Kate Kearney's cottage). Just did it most recently on Sept 2016.
Gap of Dunloe is only supposed to be accessible by jaunting car or hiking. There are signs that say no through vehicles. The rest of the trip is doable by car.
The Gap of Dunloe is open to cars (it is technically part of the national road system). Best to approach from the Black Valley side - much more dramatic. The Jaunting Car mafia will try and harass / block you if you do from the other side (that is where they are based) and especially if they think you are a non-Irish tourist etc. It is open, and it is one of the best drives in Ireland.
I think you're right: I think it used to be open to cars but isn't any more. But check with others as I'm not sure!
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