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Gougane Barra National Forest Park

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Address: | 5km West of Ballingeary on R584 to Bantry, at the Pass of Keimaneigh, Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, Ireland
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Peaceful, beautiful and restful

Arriving in Gougane Barra I was initially struck by the peace and beauty of the area. It's an area of great natural beauty and I happily wandered around by the lake and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Galway, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Went out of the way to visit Gougane Barra and was glad to do so. Spent about two hours enjoying the extraordinary peacefulness and beauty of the village and lake ...didn't go past the village-church area but wandered through the ruins, visited the tiny church of St Finbarr. Finished in Cronins for some coffee and scones and took a look... More 

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Arriving in Gougane Barra I was initially struck by the peace and beauty of the area. It's an area of great natural beauty and I happily wandered around by the lake and the Church, reading by the fascinating history of the area. From there I went for a long walk through the National Forest. I would recommend that everyone visits... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Just lovely and peaceful Natural Forest Park. One negative- be careful as there are many Caterpillar Ants which has bitten me and my kids. Use lots of sprays and cover your body ;)

Thank Katarzyna39
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The pond and church surrounded by high hills that greet you upon arrival will take your breath away. This is a beautiful stop with several trails and areas to walk. The church is quaint to go into and beautiful. If you want beautiful scenery this is THE spot to go to.

Thank Rhonda L
Clonmel, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

The park is so beautiful that it's hard to put into words. It's home to the most amazing toilets in Ireland for starters. The park itself is immense, so big and so quiet. An ideal spot for a nice stroll but just as good for hardened hikers too

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

our first visit was three years ago and couldn't wait to get back for a picnic and hike. there has been a pest that has caused major deforestation and it was shocking to see; trees down, creek dried up, no sheep in sight. however the hiking trails are very well maintained and this is still a nice park to visit... More 

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

My wife and I, and a pair of great friends from America came out to see Gougane Barra for the first time. It is located near our home in Snave (near Bantry) in West Cork. We were not prepared for the natural splendour we experienced. First, the ride in, past the hotel and restaurant (we didn't visit, as we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely day out walking. My youngest child is 5 so payed 5 euro to drive in. Took off walking up one side down the other best day took pictures on the way with plenty of water. Lots of fun with stunning views.

Thank Mary O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Amazing forest park. Great treks. We did two of the more strenuous treks with the kids. The views from the top are stunning. Lots of picnic tables throughout the park. Hint : take a pic of the routes so you can keep track of where you are going. Can't wait to come back.

Thank richy h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

The one of the most beautiful forest parks we visited! Though to see all the beauty you will need to do some work! Be ready for some climbing and walking, but the few is totally worth it! The place allows to have BBQ, though we didn't allowed to do, as there were to dry weather when we were visiting, so... More 

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