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Gougane Barra Park

Gougane Barra, Macroom, Ireland
353-21-488-2218
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Macroom
Type: Bodies of Water, Parks
Activities: Biking
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Warlingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Hidden in a cirque of hills off a country road between Macroom and the coastal road between Bantry and Glengarriff, Gougane may be hard to find, but impossible to forget. The road along an idyllic lake, set beside a tiny and historic chapel and a small hotel, leads to a forest that rises up the sides of the surrounding hills.... More

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Mitchelstown, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE this place- a bit of magic hidden away, recommend it to anyone! Well worth detouring to see it...

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We visited the week after the paths had reopen and there was still a little bit of work going on, but not enough to disturb our visit. This is a truly magical place tucked away, surrounded by steep hills with a beautiful lake and church on the way in. The forest is set within the valley at the very start... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

It was a typical Irish misty day, yet the sun was shining every now and then, a fine mist reaching the already damp ground. I heard music escaping from the doors of the beautiful little church, in which the owners of Bayview House B & B Clonalkilty were married, so I ventured in. Three musicians were practising, the priest was... More

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Ireland
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41 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

All I need say, is if you want to visit a place that oozes peace and serenity, this is the place to go. St. Finbarres Church on the lake is a beautiful example of Ireland's old churches and the forest park nearby is a little gem for a quiet walk. Go Go Go!!! There is a hotel/tearoom nearby so you... More

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Ballina, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

A beautiful place to contemplate. I didn't realise there was a religious aspect to this place but soon found out when we went to explore. However that said it wasn't overt or in your face, it was just there for you to take or leave as you wish. The scenery was nothing short of amazing and it's time well spent... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We were told to stop here by the hotel we had stayed in. OMG we loved it.so peaceful,what a shame the forrest walks are closed off !! will have to revisit when works are done. I would love to renew my vows here !!!!!!!

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Fabulous little church in a stunning location, well worth the drive out from Macroom if you are in the area. The church is tiny but perfectly formed.

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Cork, Ireland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It is over a year since I last visited here however winter and summer you can only be impressed by the sheer beauty of Gougane Barra. If you have never been please go you will not be disappointed!

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Could not get into the Park to drive around as this was closed due to tree felling until June 2014. The scenery is this area is breath taking . A visit to St Finbarr's Monestary (Oratiory) or small church out in the Lake on a little island. The Church has some lovely stained glass windows, and just behind the Church... More

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