Gougane Barra National Forest Park, Gougane Barra

#2 of 14 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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  • We didn’t have long to spend here, but it was well worth the 5 Euro admission price to drive through such a beautiful place. Remember to bring change – there’s no one at the gate and it opens only wit...  more »
  • Lovely peaceful walks. Stunning scenery. Well worth going out of your way to visit. There are several graded walks from easy to mid to challenging.  more »
  • I have longed to return to this place for several years. I have not been since my folks passed and it was exactly what I needed. It is one of the most spiritual and beautiful locations I come to in Ir...  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

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