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The no. 1 day tour in Killarney... for 250 years!

The no. 1 day tour in Killarney… for 250 years!

About Killarney Day Tour

Killarney Day Tour is a family run business. Brothers Dermot and Donal O’Donoghue have been running the boat tours together for nearly 50 years. Dermot and Donal are second generation boatmen, oarsmen and fishermen. Dermot’s sons; Ger, Niall and Rory as well as Donal’s son Donal have all grown up driving the boats each summer.

The company operates 11 boats and this unique business provides tours of the Killarney National Park and more specifically the world famous Gap of Dunloe Tour.

Today, the Killarney Day Tour team continue the traditions and stories that have been passed down through the generations. Each of our drivers are local and themselves second and third generation fishermen and boatmen.

The Gap of Dunloe Tour consists of 3 seperate parts; bus, boat and jaunting car ride/walk. The bus section is that which brings guests to Kate Kearney’s Cottage each morning and collects passengers at Ross Castle each afternoon at the end of the tour. It’s from Kate Kearney’s Cottage that the walk or jaunting car ride through the Gap of Dunloe mountain pass begins. This section is 11km and is on a sealed road. This walk will take roughly 2 – 2.5hrs but the jaunting car ride takes around 1.5hrs. At 2pm each day the boat tours depart.

Dermot, Donal and their team will expertly guide guests through the 3 lakes and 2 rivers of the Killarney National Park. The tours are in boats which carry a maximum of 12 passengers and commentary is provided by the driver. Every day on this tour is different as the weather can change in minutes. Warm clothing is advised as the boats are uncovered.

During the boat tour, guests will see and hear the history of such sites as: Ross Castle, Dinis Cottage, Tomies Wood, The McGillycuddy’s Reeks and Lord Brandon’s Cottage. The Gap of Dunloe is the main tour that we operate but there are shorter tours which can be arranged for groups of 6 or more and fishing tours can also be arranged when in season.

For more information, email us at info@killarneydaytour.com or call Dermot on +353 6466 31068.

What people have to say…

“We did our trip backwards and started with the boat trip. The scenery was stunning and our boat driver was great! He highlighted a few spots on our trip and had us stop to feed the begging pheasant! Ha! We then landed at Lord Brandon’s cottage and took a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe. Many people attempted to walk or bike the Gap, but I can’t imagine attempting that! The roads are skinny and filled with horse and traps. The path is also very steep and winds around up the mountain path! Our trap driver pointed out the area of the Gap where they filmed the Irish Spring commercials! Just beautiful!”
Becca, Bloomington, Minnesota

RSDL O’Donoghue Limited t/a Killarney Boat Tours,
Lahard, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland • Tel: +353 87 261 7967
Email: info@killarneyboattours.com