Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Gougane Barra

#2 of 16 in Nature in County Cork
Get in touch with nature at Gougane Barra National Forest Park, a stretch of forest filled with paths, alpine trees, wildlife, and a lake. An island in the lake holds a small monastery dating back to the 6th century, when priest Denis O'Mahoney erected it. Much later, a 19th-century oratory was added nearby. The forest is packed with 20 different species of trees, including Sitka spruce, Japanese larch, Scots pine, and lodgepole pine. Take in the natural beauty with a stroll and a picnic, or head to the on-site restaurant. For Gougane Barra National Forest Park and beyond, use our Gougane Barra trip planner to get the most from your Gougane Barra vacation.
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  • Outside of the tourist routes we visited this enchanted place. Arrived at about 10.00 am when there was almost none. Magical and mystical atmosphere. Beautiful Lake and the small island with the chapel. Really one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.
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  • We hiked and explored probably 4-6 miles of this lovely forest! Fantastic opportunity and absolutely beautiful.  more »
  • This is one for the family. So much to see. Explore different areas with different levels of difficulty walks/climbs. I would recommend exploring gougane barra church and grounds then walk into the wo...  more »

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