Kate Kearney's

Gap Of Dunloe

Here you can take refreshment at the same cottage where once the elegantly attired Victorians sipped illegal poteen prepared for them by Kate herself. Then, fortified, you will be ready for the Ice Age miracles of the Gap of Dunloe. All cars are left behind and you descend into this cleft in the earth on foot or by pony trap.

Transferring to a boat, you are then treated to a romantic's fantasy come true as you slide along the lakes, great boulders to either side. You pass places with names like "The Devil's Punchbowl" and "The Eagles' Nest," said to be the last refuge of the Irish eagle.

There are a number of other sights in this area, but a real must is Muckross. A nineteenth century manor house on the middle lake, set in subtropical gardens, the trails lead you through masses of rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as water, woodland and rock gardens.

After these pleasures, perhaps you can brave the town for a jar or a pint.

Kate Kearney's can be found in the Gap of Dunloe about 5 miles outside Killarney.

From the Appletree Press title: The Irish Pub Guide.
Also from Appletree: Irish Pub Songs.