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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.

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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."

And Beyond...

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

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Cork and Gougane Barra is 59 km. The road distance is 71.2 km.
Swimming is only advised for those who are capable of swimming 2.5km competently. ... It's an interesting fresh-water swim in one of Irelands most beautiful lakes, which is also the source of the River Lee.
The Tailor and Ansty are buried in the little graveyard in Gougane Barra, with an artistic headstone and inscription by their friend the sculptor Séamus Murphy from Cork.
If you are a resident, the rowing boat is available for you, it is best to reserve a boat time at reception. We have life jackets and there is a short form to complete.
We are just a short walk to St. Finbarr’s Oratory on the island, the present church was dedicated in 1905.Who do I enquire with, about getting married in the church?
Please contact the parish secretary, Colette O Leary at stfinbarrsoratory@gmail.com for information on wedding availability.
St. Finbarr’s monastery was built in the 6th Century, the monk’s cells are in very good repair and as always, the monks chose well.
The gate of the first forest park in Ireland is located less than 1km/.5 mile from the hotel door, be sure to bring your hiking boots. There are trails to suit all abilities.
Row the boat on the lake, bring your fishing gear and go fishing. Hike the Beara Breifne Way or walk in the forest park, go birdwatching, organise a relaxing picnic, rent a bike at the hotel to explore the surrounding valleys, enjoy nature, or simply sit and take it all in.
Yes, we love weddings. We look after wedding groups of up to 55 guests in the hotel. There are 2 exclusive use packages, Bainis Beag up to 30 guests and Bainis Mór up to 55 guests, all information under the wedding pages on the website. It is also possible to have civil ceremonies in the hotel. Please contact us directly.
Yes, it is possible to reserve the hotel exclusively for a special occasion, please email or call us to discuss availability, we are happy to help.