Driving the Conor Pass in rain, fog and mist is a very different but exhilarating experience. Long distance views disappear as you literally drive up into the clouds. Surrounded by steep cliff faces and dripping overhanging rocks the Conor Pass can be magical in these conditions - with only the narrow winding road and a few sheep for company you drive through an ancient landscape as if lost in the mists of time. After heavy rain, large volumes of water run down the mountains in streams and waterfalls. The road brings you close to one of these waterfalls on the north side of the pass.
The Conor Pass is a mountain pass with length (max. 7.2m) and weight restrictions (max 2 tonnes). Vehicles greater than 2 tonnes in weight are not permitted to travel north-east of the car park at the summit of the Conor Pass. Vehicles such as coaches, caravans, camper vans and trucks cannot use the pass as they will not get through.
The first 2 km descent of the Conor Pass towards Cloghane Brandon, Castlegregory and Camp is narrow with several lay-bys to allow traffic to pass. Please yield beside lay-bys to allow any oncoming vehicles to pass with ease.
The final 2 km ascent of the Conor Pass from Cloghane Brandon, Castlegregory and Camp is narrow with several lay-bys to allow traffic to pass. Signage is in place to advise of their location. Please pull in when you see on coming vehicles.
The Conor Pass is not suitable for HGVs. Whilst vehicles can get to the summit of the Conor Pass from Dingle Town, the road from the Summit to Cloghane Brandon, Castlegregory and Camp is not accessible to any vehicle over 2 tonnes.
Use fog lights when driving in poor visibility and watch out for the signs that indicate how far motorists have to travel to the next passing bay.
For more advice on driving the Dingle Peninsula please see Driving on the Dingle Peninsula or you can download our driving guide in PDF format here.
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