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Conor Pass

Coordinates: 52°10′55″N 10°12′26″W / 52.18194°N 10.20722°W / 52.18194; -10.20722
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Conor Pass
An Chonair
Looking south to the highest point of the Conor Pass
Elevation456 m (1,496 ft)[1]
Traversed byRoad
LocationCounty Kerry, Ireland
RangeMountains of the Central Dingle Peninsula
Coordinates52°10′55″N 10°12′26″W / 52.18194°N 10.20722°W / 52.18194; -10.20722
Conor Pass is located in Ireland
Conor Pass
Location in Ireland

The Conor Pass or Connor Pass (Irish: An Chonair, 'the way or path')[2] is one of the highest mountain passes in Ireland served by an asphalted road.[3] It is on the R560 road on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.


The 456-metre (1,496 ft)-high pass on the Dingle Peninsula links Dingle, in the south-west, with Brandon Bay and Castlegregory in the north-east. The scenic road leading to the pass weaves its way around the sharp cliff faces and past high corrie lakes.[4] At its highest point it passes between the mountain peaks of Binn Dubh ('Beenduff') and Sliabh Mhacha Ré ('Slievanea').[5]


A twisty one-lane asphalted road leads to the pass. The drive is considered one of the most beautiful in Ireland.[6] Vehicles over two tonnes in weight are prohibited from using the road in order to avoid difficulties in passing.

Bicycle ascent to the pass is one of the most famous and difficult climbs in Ireland.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Insight Guides: Ireland. Apa Publications. 2014. ISBN 9781780056937. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ "An Chonair/Connor Pass". Placenames Database of Ireland.
  3. ^ "The Conor Pass". Comharchumann Turasóireachta Chorca Dhuibhne. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  4. ^ "An Chonair (Conor Pass)". www.discoverireland.ie. Failte Ireland. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  5. ^ Paul Tempan (2019). "Irish Landscape Names" (PDF). MountainViews.ie.
  6. ^ Christi Daugherty and Jack Jewers (2012). Frommer's Ireland 2012. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118146651.
  7. ^ "The Conor Pass". www.kerrycycling.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2018. Retrieved 7 March 2015.