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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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Peaceful time for the soul :)

Just lovely and peaceful Natural Forest Park. One negative- be careful as there are many Caterpillar Ants which has bitten me and my kids. Use lots of sprays and cover your body... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Katarzyna39
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just lovely and peaceful Natural Forest Park. One negative- be careful as there are many Caterpillar Ants which has bitten me and my kids. Use lots of sprays and cover your body ;)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pond and church surrounded by high hills that greet you upon arrival will take your breath away. This is a beautiful stop with several trails and areas to walk. The church is quaint to go into and beautiful. If you want beautiful scenery this is THE spot to go to.

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Clonmel, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park is so beautiful that it's hard to put into words. It's home to the most amazing toilets in Ireland for starters. The park itself is immense, so big and so quiet. An ideal spot for a nice stroll but just as good for hardened hikers too

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

our first visit was three years ago and couldn't wait to get back for a picnic and hike. there has been a pest that has caused major deforestation and it was shocking to see; trees down, creek dried up, no sheep in sight. however the hiking trails are very well maintained and this is still a nice park to visit... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

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 August 12, 2016 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 August 10, 2016 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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Thank richy h
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016 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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