Gougane Barra and Beyond...
Gougane Barra and Beyond...Gougane Barra...
Gougane Barra itself is a place rich in history and culture, and set in a spectacular landscape. From the hotel you can walk, cycle or fish while soaking up the magical atmosphere.
The following are all well within sight or walking distance of the hotel:
- Gougane Barra Lake, originally home to the mythical serpent Lú, banished by St. Finbarr, stretches for a mile along the valley floor, bounded on all sides, except the east, by precipitous mountains.
- The Derrynasaggart Mountains which ring the lake and forest park rise up all around, accessible from the forest park or oratory.
- The Coillte Forest Park offers walks for all levels of ability, among the sitka spruce, beside the winding infant River Lee or past waterfalls tucked into the mountainside.
- St Finbarr's Oratory and Cells , a place of veneration and pilgrimage, sit nestled on a tiny island in the lake reached by a short causeway.
- St Finbarr's Well and an ancient cemetery are both located near to the island, just next door to the hotel.
- Gaeltacht history is all around us. As one of Ireland's prominent Irish-speaking areas, this region was central in the Irish-language movement of the early twentieth century. Gougane Barra was home to the first ever Irish-language teaching college in the country, opened in 1903, and the Irish-language movement contributed significantly to Ireland's struggle for independence around a hundred years ago.
"One glimpse of that lake and the stone chapel at its edge and the greenery surrounding it is something akin to time travel."
West Cork is a vibrant region just waiting to be discovered. The area boasts every type of landscape: craggy mountains, breath-taking coastal scenery, ancient forests, lakes, rivers...
There's plenty to explore nearby. West Cork is well known for its fabulous food experiences, literary links and rich history. Why not plan a day out in any of these wonderful areas - all within reach of Gougane Barra Hotel?
- Bantry and the Mizen Head and Sheep's Head Peninsulas
- The Beara Peninsula
- The Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula
- Mcgillycuddy's Reeks and Killarney
- The Lee Valley and Cork City