Our horse, Dawn, says, “This is not your typical horseback riding vacation.”
Taking a Horse Cart through the Gap of Dunloe, Co Kerry, Ireland
One of the highlights of our recent trip to Ireland was not in the form of a horseback riding vacation. Instead, we took a Pony Trap ride through the Gap of Dunloe, near Killarney, Co Kerry, Ireland.
The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most scenic places in all of County Kerry (no mean feat). It’s a very narrow mountain pass through Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (a mountain range that spreads throughout the Ring of Kerry) and the Purple Mountain (thus named because of the purple shale that covers the top of the mountain, and a much smaller mountain range). There are five lakes within the Gap (Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough) connected by the River Loe. The land is part privately owned, and some parts are within Killarney National Park.