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Gougane Barra National Forest Park

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Address: | 5km West of Ballingeary on R584 to Bantry, at the Pass of Keimaneigh, Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, Ireland
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My wife and I, and a pair of great friends from America came out to see Gougane Barra for the first time. It is located near our home in Snave (near Bantry) in West Cork. We were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jonnokinsella
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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I, and a pair of great friends from America came out to see Gougane Barra for the first time. It is located near our home in Snave (near Bantry) in West Cork. We were not prepared for the natural splendour we experienced. First, the ride in, past the hotel and restaurant (we didn't visit, as we had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely day out walking. My youngest child is 5 so payed 5 euro to drive in. Took off walking up one side down the other best day took pictures on the way with plenty of water. Lots of fun with stunning views.

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Thank Mary O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing forest park. Great treks. We did two of the more strenuous treks with the kids. The views from the top are stunning. Lots of picnic tables throughout the park. Hint : take a pic of the routes so you can keep track of where you are going. Can't wait to come back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The one of the most beautiful forest parks we visited! Though to see all the beauty you will need to do some work! Be ready for some climbing and walking, but the few is totally worth it! The place allows to have BBQ, though we didn't allowed to do, as there were to dry weather when we were visiting, so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Gougane Barra is an amazing place if you like being outdoor and walk through forests. It is also ideal for pic nic and family day out. It is not reachable with public transportation so you might want to rent a car or go with organised tour if you are a tourist.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

Spent a lovely afternoon here, whilst staying in Macroom on a break. So peaceful & untouched. Not busy whilst we were here. But could see the weekends would be busy

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

You don't want to miss taking some walks I the Gougane Barra National Forest Park - simply breathtaking. There are waterfalls and fauna to be discovered throughout. A must see and do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

This area is well worth spending some time at because it's absolutely stunning. There is a few walls you can do and we did the climb to the top of the waterfall which is lovely. I could have spent all day here - the view is amazing. We had lunch at the cafe which was also very nice. I highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

We were eating at the Gougane Barra Hotel and decided to take a short stroll around the area and were very impressed with the facilities and the scenery. The small church of St Finbarr's Oratory is such a picture postcard setting that it is not surprising that it is booked up for wedding's years in advance. we took a half... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Gougane Barra is more than "off the beaten track'' -- there IS a track, and it is paved, but signage to reach this delifghtully quiet area is slim. As the proper name announces, this is a forested area with little intrusion by road graders , bullsozers or their like. Instead, you have walking paths that have been cleared of most... More 

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