Shuttle bus has visitors flying high

Mary Murphy

Published 30/04/2014 | 05:36

ONE of the oldest conundrums for tourism in Killarney is on the cusp of a solution, finally - in the guise of a new shuttle bus linking the town centre with National Park sites Muckross, Torc Waterfall and the stunning Gap of Dunloe.

The lack of a dedicated transport service linking the town with the National Park sites has proved something of a hindrance for tourism over the years.

But tourists and locals are about to be given the benefit of a direct link that anyone can jump on.

Shuttle launch is set for Thursday, May 1, with mission control - aka main organiser Kieran Flynn - hoping it will make life much easier for visitors and locals in getting to and from the beautiful lakes and mountains.

Up to now most people opted for pedal power or shoe leather to make the journey, or were forced to book taxis and hire rental cars.

The service is the brain child of Kieran Flynn who is delighted with the response to date: "We have had a huge response already, there have been lovely comments from people in Killarney and from people in Trip Advisor and the tour companies are saying it was well-needed,"

Kieran and his family have been in the transport industry for over 50 years and have huge experience as bus operators.

The new service will run seven days a week and covers two routes, both departing the Discover Ireland Centre on Beech Road. Route one will run to and from Muckross House and Torc Waterfall, while route two travels to the Gap of Dunloe via Aghadoe and Fossa.

Tickets costing from €3 will be purchased directly from the bus driver and children under 16 will travel for free when accompanied by an adult.

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