Romantic Gougane Barra: Pass of Keimaneigh, Co. Cork


St. Finbar's Oratory

Gougane Barra © M. Erdvig

Gougane Barra, Ireland’s first forest park, is secreted away in a glacial valley. Surrounded by the Sheehy Mountains the former monastic site is a popular venue for Irish weddings. A small Romanesque-style oratory sits on an island in the lake, reflected romantically in the still waters. Over 1,000 acres of woods and mountains contain walking trails and a driving route. It is pronounced Goo-gan-bar-AH.

© 2012 Michele Erdvig

Written by Michele Erdvig

Michele Erdvig

Michele has done and seen it all in Ireland. Specializing in Ireland for almost 40 years, she is one of the foremost Ireland travel experts in the United States. She writes guidebooks and blogs about Ireland, creates custom Ireland itineraries and dispenses free advice on her Ireland Travel Forum. Michele’s Tips | Website

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