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 smallest and most romantic churches in the whole world. There is a certain magic in the valley.

We are lucky that the hotel sits on the edge of the lake and our family have been living in 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 have a light bite and enjoy the relaxed 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, to organising a whiskey tasting for you in our little bar or just having a chat.

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 travelled, 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 restore your faith in the value of the small, family-run hotel in rural Ireland. It’s a place where the cooking is good, the hospitality is real, a place where the simplicity of the venture and the sincerity of everyone working here truly gladdens the heart.

'Once in the door, you just don’t want to leave for it captures your heart, immediately”. 

The McKennas' Guide, 2014