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Gougane Barra Park

Address: Gougane Barra, Macroom, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-21-488-2218
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8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin
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Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Macroom
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Biking
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Biking
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Cork, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Gougane Barra is quite simply beautiful. It has it all. A beautiful historic church, set on a lake in front of a mountain, which has waterfalls on it, and a forrest walk to one side. What more could you want for a day out?

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337 helpful votes 337 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you are anywhere near Gougane Barra, then do take the trouble to visit it. It lives up to all that has been written about it, You could cut the atmosphere with a knife The chapel on the lake has a timeless serenity to it, the whole place is steeped in history, and by and large incursions from our century... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An absolute hidden gem. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, well worth a visit any time of the year. Each season brings it own unique beauty.

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Cork
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I went to Gougane Barra for the first time last Sunday. The lake was frozen which made for even better pictures. What a magical place, the scenery is truly beautiful. There are many different walk ways to do ranging from 1hr-3hrs. It's a great place for families, bring a picnic as there are loads of places to eat. We were... More 

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Ennis
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34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We first visited Gougane Park a few years ago and went for a second time as part of a weekend break in Macroom. The drive up there has some beautiful scenery and Gougane Barra itself is just magical. Due to the storm of last year a lot of trees had to be cut down, but the forest area is still... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We have visited Gougane Barra throughout the last 20 years. This is a glorious "get away from it all" place. We hiked, picnicked, sauntered and even prayed (in the oratory) here. We went to weddings and experienced its uniqueness over many years. You can explore the many trails in the forest park or picnic by the babbling stream, sit by... More 

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Clonakilty, Ireland
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107 reviews 107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

One of the most beautiful places I have been to so far in Ireland, but unfortunately MANY of the trees were cut down, leaving stumps everywhere. I still found it stunning, but imagine it was much nicer before the cuttings. I had a great time hiking up the hill path, got to see a mountain sheep and some snow! Excellent... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

had been here a few times as a child and thought maybe my memory had rose tinted glasses thinking about it but visited again last year and it was postcard Ireland, actually even nicer than most postcards. The lake is like glass, there are swans floating across the lake, a rough collie sniffing the few tourists that were there and... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This must be the most undersold and least advertised gem in the County of Cork! Signage on the main roads indicate it is a forest and picnic amenity , it was established in the 6th century as a Monastic settlement ,they sure as hell got that Right! Have walked around this lake many times,the serenity and peace is palpable ,it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

beautiful peaceful area with a lake full of trout .Top class hotel on lake shore with a renowned restaurant. Also a cafe with all home made produce overlooking the lake and mountains.

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