A Place Apart


Gougane Barra is a very special place, and until you make ‘the journey’ you won’t realise just how special it is. Its’ magical lakeside location, in a valley surrounded by mountains add to the "get away from it all" factor, which is very strong here. St. Finbarr founded a monastery on an island in the lake in the 6th century and as always, the monks chose well. A tiny Oratory sits on this island, it is one of the most romantic churches in the whole world.

We are lucky that the hotel sits on the edge of the lake and our family have been enjoying Gougane Barra for 5 generations.
Our hotel is small, 26 bedrooms, seasonal, from April to October. We have a small cosy bar serving food during the week, we have two sitting rooms where you are welcome to sit and chat or relax and enjoy the informal atmosphere here. Guests tend to return for generations, and new people are always welcome. We believe in sharing the Magic.

We enjoy what we do, from, looking after you when you come and stay, advising you on things to do in Cork, cooking good food or to chatting about the different whiskeys we have in our little bar.

The West Cork scenery is unspoilt, the valley is spectacular, we have bikes, fishing, rowing boats and walking trails to the back door and are on the edge of Coillte’s National Forest Park, all just waiting to be explored.
We can help you plan day trips, on the road less traveled, on the Wild Atlantic Way,to the Ring of Kerry, the Beara Peninsula, Sheeps Head and Mizen Head.
We can advise on the best farmer’s markets, artisan food, kayaking and golf at Bantry Bay, put you in touch with our fishing instructor and cook your brown trout for breakfast.

Whatever your reason is to visit Gougane Barra, a family gathering, an escape for no particular reason, a romantic get away, an activity break or a family walking holiday, we can help you plan it and make it a magical memory.

“Neil and Katy’s fine, handsome Gougane Barra hotel will restoreyour faith in the value of the small, family run hotel in rural Ireland. It’s aplace where the cooking is good, the hospitality is real, a place where the simplicity of the venture truly gladdens the soul. Once in the door, you just don’t want to leave for it captures your heart, immediately”. 

The McKennas' Guide, 2014