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The Gap of Dunloe road passes through farms and Killarney National Park between Macgillicuddy Reeks and the Purple Mountain. The narrow winding road up the glacial valley is a tourist attraction commercialised by horse drawn carts. The poneymen have used a rotation system since the 1920s called 'the Turn' to determine who takes the next customer. The road through the Gap is 11km from Kate Kearney’s Cottage, the tourist centre, and follows the River Loe which connects five lakes.
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Photo 1. The Gap of Dunloe is quite spectacular lying in the highest mountains of Ireland. Kylie Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast is located on a ridge to the north of the Ring of Kerry offering a view across to the Gap.
Photo 2. Poneymen preparing for the day at their camp near Beaufort at the northern commencement of the Ring of Kerry.
Photo 3. Farmhouse ruins are passed on the approach to the Gap of Dunloe from the north. They lie in a picturesque setting beside the River Loe.
Photo 4. The road heading towards the Gap from across Lake Augher.
Photo 5. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow saddle between massive boulders.
Photo 6. Cyclists on tour passing Augher Lake viewed from the Gap. We felt for these two cyclists still to reach their destination and struggling in the rain of the late evening.
Photo 7. The Church of Our Lady in the Valley lies in Black Valley, a steep decent on the southern side from the Gap of Dunloe.
Photo 8. The Wishing Bridge between Coosaun Lough and Black Lake. Legend has it that a wish made on the bridge will come true.
Photo 9. Several stone bridges cross over the River Loe as the road winds its way up to the Gap of Dunloe.
Photo 10. Macgillicuddy Reeks to the west and Purple Mountain to the east of the Gap of Dunloe from the Ring of Kerry in Killarney National Park in the south.
Photo 11. View down into Black Valley to the church of Our Lady in the Valley.
Photo 12. The low evening sun breaks through to add a glow to the clouds over the Gap of Dunloe.
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