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. Use our Gougane Barra trip itinerary maker to add Gougane Barra National Forest Park and other attractions to your Gougane Barra vacation plans.
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  • We traveled here with our children (7 & 5) and it really is a beautiful spot. We did a gorgeous loop walk that takes you up onto a plateau then down through a forest and along the banks of the River L...  more »
  • After a stop and snack in Cronins Cafe we took a trip around Gougane Barra Forest Park. The entrance to the forest is approximately 700m from Hotel and Cafe. There is an entrance fee of 5 euros per ve...  more »
  • The park is very well laid out with several walks to choose from casual stroll to steep hikes depending on ability. But all trails are well marked with no danger of losing your way.  more »
  • Walking trails are magnificent! My six year old son loves coming here! Especially picnic by the lake! 😊
  • Great forest park with plenty of marked walks to choose from. Even though​ there seems to be a lot of clear fell going around the area is really worth a visit. Recommended for families with small kids too.
  • Stunning park containing the source of the river Lee. Beautiful scenic walks from easy to moderately difficult. Lovely location for picnics, walks, runs, photography, nature etc.
  • Amazing Natural forest. Its perfect place for picnick. Kids would love playing around.
  • Really nice woodland. And you can go for a lovely walk around too