Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Gougane Barra

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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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  • I don’t think many know about this beautiful Park! It is so stunning - the drive there is beautiful to start with and then the little church is beautiful and a bit further along there is the Forest...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful park for anyone who likes to walk. Easy parking, accessible bathrooms and many trail options for hill or forest walking. We were there when it was raining and there were...  more »
  • Wow , what a stunning place beautiful lake and quaint church with fabulous walks of all types from easy to more strenuous. A place you have to visit because words and photos just don't do it...  more »
  • I was there for a walk, place is amazing, location of the park is down the valley surrounded by mountains, it was sunny day and colors as well feel was making me like I would be in heaven. Forest park is beautiful, plenty of trees and walking paths to suit anyone, families as well individuals. Mountains are giving this place majestic feel and look. Well worth stopping if you passing by, because you wont regret. I highly recommend this place for anyone who enjoys pure relaxation and long walks with beautiful scenery. This place is my top 10 to visit
  • Stunningly beautiful, The weather ran the spectrum from sun and warm breeze, to driving rain and blowing wind, to heavy fog, and back again! It only made the park more impressive. Dress appropriately, with shoes for hiking and layers, including rain pants and jacket.
  • Great park lovely walking trails in a fantastic part of the country. 5euro for the car park or walk down if you want. Nice touch is the picnic areas along the road you can pull into. Overall a good day out.
  • Such a good place to go for a walk. Place is beautiful and I recommend it to all.
  • This is a beautiful park which is very well looked after. 5euro per car to enter and park, there are very clean and well serviced toilets here too. We visited in mid spring and the trees were coming into leaf. Wonderful birdsong to be heard in a delightful, peaceful setting.

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