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River Lee running through Gougane Barra National Forest Park

Gougane Barra National Forest Park

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A 400 hectare National Park in Gougane Barra offering 10 km of hill walks, source of the River Lee, Gougane Barra lake and Saint Finbarr church


Gougane Barra National Forest Park was Ireland's first National Park when it opened to the public in 1966. The park is located 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Kenmare and Cork and 1 hour from Glengarriff.

The park sits between 3 mountain ranges and is the source of the River Lee which winds its way 50 km Eastwards to Cork harbour.

The forest road can be driven or the Sli Laoi is a delightful walk that follows the course of the River Lee.

The walk towards the park passes Gougane Barra lake with an island on which was the original foundation site of a monastery and a well, but today is home to the picturesque Saint Finbarr's church.

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and discover the tranquility and nature of Gougane Barra National Forest Park in Coomroe, County Cork, Ireland.

Gougane Barra lake

Gougane Barra lake

Bridge crossing river in Gougane Barra National Forest Park

Bridge crossing river in Gougane Barra National Forest Park

Saint Finbarr's church on Gougane Barra lake island

Saint Finbarr's church on Gougane Barra lake island

Gougane Barra National Forest Park

Gougane Barra National Forest Park

1 holiday cottage in the area...


Holiday rental home, Kenmare, County Kerry

Dromard House

4 bed. holiday rental home

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Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, August 2017.


   

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