An Chonair or Conor Pass in English, is one of the highest Irish mountain passes in the country.
It’s one of those places that’s absolutely stunning when the sun shines down but also wonderfully mysterious and intriguing when the mist settles. I can’t begin to count the many times that we’ve passed through An Chonair but each time has served us new memories.
From Tralee, you take the road towards Daingean Uí Chúis (Dingle) and keep going until you see a fork in the road, with the right sign pointing to Conor Pass and from there it’s simple: keep heading along the road until you hit Daingean Uí Chúis!
The drive is inadvisable during particularly icy and miserable conditions but it’s perfectly fine otherwise. Also, due to the fact that it’s such a narrow road, there are weight restrictions in place for vehicles.
The views from the carpark summit are stunning and Mom and I have recently taken up charging up the hill and yelling out into the open (making sure that we weren’t in earshot of tourists mind you!).
Look down and you can see the glaciated landscape, mountains and corrie lakes, and everything from Tralee bay to Dingle harbour.
The walk up from An Chonair summit is called An Bhinn Dubh, and is about 479m high. Little fun fact: it’s also the 624th highest summit in Ireland. Keep on walking and you’ll make it to Ballysitteragh, which is 623m!
Even if walking isn’t your thing, it’s a great spot for some glorious photos of Co Kerry. We’ll definitely be back, again and again and again!