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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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Don't miss the Oratory of St Finn Bar

It's not easy to find your way to Gougane Barra, but the beautiful oratory of St Finn Bar, lying on the little lake, is a view that is worth the detour!

Reviewed August 25, 2015
Claire G
Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 25, 2015

It's not easy to find your way to Gougane Barra, but the beautiful oratory of St Finn Bar, lying on the little lake, is a view that is worth the detour!

Thank Claire G
San Diego, California
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Reviewed August 23, 2015

A day trip to gougane barra and I'm not expecting how nice and relaxing this place is. We visited the ruins of the 6th century monastery and the history of St. Finbarr. I recommend that you need to get a B&B hotel or check with gougane barra hotel. I will definitely be back to this place in the near future.

Thank Renato L
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful scenery with a variety of graded walks to suit all ages and fitness levels. Save the entrance fee for a car and park near the Church and enjoy the extra bit of a walk in and take in the breath taking scenery. Be sure to take in a walk around the Church and its grounds.

Thank Ger_Harrington
Freehold, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 14, 2015

A peaceful beautiful place. My forest walk was a highlight of my trip. No need to rush, just wander and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Thank Jeanne732
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed August 14, 2015

We were mainly there for the hotel, but took a walk down the road to the park and through the meandering path in the woods. Apparently there was some problem with the park loosing a lot of the trees, so it isnt quite as beautiful as it was some years ago.

Thank JasonWD
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Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I am a huge fan of Cork's natural beauty and I feel that Gougane Barra is perhaps the most beautiful area in the county. On a nice, clear day the views can be almost overwhelming, in fact they brought to mind the freshest, wildest sights from Canada's great outdoors. I would suggest any visitor to Cork should make the effort... More 

Thank AJL83
Athlone, Ireland
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Reviewed August 12, 2015

Hard to find and get to via the winding country roads, however when you get there the views are well worth it. The Church at the side of the lake is beautiful and quaint. The Forest park has great walks and trials to suit everyone.

Thank DeciH
County Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went there on a late sunny afternoon with the bike. It is a very lovely place and very peaceful. We enjoyed our picnic and took a lot of pictures. There is also a hotel/restaurant there.

Thank MCeline91
co clare
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Reviewed August 5, 2015

This place is lovely and peaceful. excellent scenery with the small church, water and the mountains in the background. Great place for photographers

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 26, 2015

Unbelievably peaceful whether it is a spiritual journey or just visiting lovely woodland walks on top peace and serenity wrapped up with history

Thank Dennis S

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