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Gougane Barra Tours and Activities

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When strolling through the trees of the Gougana Barra National Forest Park, and gazing out at the placid waters of Gougana Barra’s lake, you can see why this corner of southwestern Ireland was a place of historical solace. It was here on the island in the middle of the lake, that St. Finnbar—patron saint of Cork—founded a monastery in the 6th century before eventually moving to Cork. When visiting the Gougane Barra today, the most popular site is St. Finnbar’s Oratory on a small island in the lake. With its romantically elegant stone design, this 19th-century, picturesque church is a popular spot for weddings, and it’s also a holy pilgrimage site—where Roman Catholics would hold secret Mass away from the Anglican Church. Behind the lake is the National Forest Park and its system of hiking and biking trails, which pass through woods that are densely forested in Sitka Spruce and Pine. This is also the site of the River Lee—which meanders its way through Cork—and while Gougane Barra is most often visited as a relaxing day trip from Cork, there’s also a small, family-run hotel that’s open from April-October.

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5km West of Ballingeary on R584 to Bantry, at the Pass of Keimaneigh, Co. Cork, Ireland
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Scenic West Cork to Mizen Head departing from Cork City. Guided. Full Day

Scenic West Cork to Mizen Head departing from Cork City. Guided. Full Day

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Travel along the southern coastline of Ireland's epic Wild Atlantic Way towards Ireland's most south-westerly point, Mizen Head. Immerse yourself in Irish culture on this day trip filled with fantastic photo opportunities. Starting in the historic city of Cork, travel by coach to Ireland’s most South-westerly point and view the dramatic cliff scenery of Mizen Head. As you travel through picturesque villages and towns expect to see some awe-inspiring scenery as Ireland shows off its spectacular landscape. Your trip will include a visit to Gougane Barra, home to Ireland’s oldest National Forest Park, famous for St. Finbarr’s Oratory, its stunning 19 century church. The River Lee rises here amongst panoramic views before winding its way back to Cork Harbour. Wander through Bantry, one of West Cork's most vibrant market towns. Take a walk, do a little shopping or sit down to a traditional cup of Irish tea and perhaps a scone.
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Private tour to Gougane Barra and Glengarriff

Private tour to Gougane Barra and Glengarriff

Visit some amazing ‘off the beaten path’ scenic places. A holy shrine, one of the smallest oratoires in the country where many people go to get married, set in very picturesque countryside. Continue with spectacular mountain and coastal scenery. An optional boat trip to visit the Italian style gardens at Garnish Island and see many seals on the rocks. In the afternoon, travel over the Caha mountain range towards Kenmare and then towards the final leg of the ring of Kerry and descend through the Killarney National Park
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Gougane Barra can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 Gougane Barra tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Gougane Barra 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Gougane Barra costs USD 70.36. Guided Gougane Barra tours start around USD 70.36 per person. See all 2 Gougane Barra tickets and tours on Viator.
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