Gougane Barra is located in a beautiful part of the South West of Ireland, less than 30 minutes from The Maritime Hotel and ideal if you are looking for some of Irelands scenic countryside for your special day.
The area of Gougane Barra can be visited at any time of the year but it is especially beautiful in the Summer months. On entering Gougane Barra you are met with the natural beauty of the hills which tower over Gougane Barra Lake and then the well-known St Finbarr's Oratory or Small Church out in the Lake on the little island all on its own. It must be the most photographed Church in this part of Ireland and many a happy wedding have enjoyed this wonderful setting for their photographs as it is a truly magical and peaceful location in a stunning setting.
Just behind the Oratory are the remains of St Finbarr's monastery from the 6th century, with beautiful old stations of the cross above the ancient prayer cells. It was here that St Finbarr spent time, before making his way to Cork. The Oratory also has lovely stained glass windows. The scenery in this area is breath taking and it offers the visitor a little time out in this peaceful valley.
Gougane Barra is less than a 30-minute drive from Bantry and just a 1 hr 30-minute drive from Cork (driving via Ballingeary, and on through Inchigeela). Gougane Barra is also the same distance from Kenmare, County Kerry.
Location: Guágan Barra Forest Park is located 5km west of Ballingeary on R584 to Bantry, at the Pass of Keimaneigh.
Secretary - Colette O'Leary