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A Beautiful Scenic location for walking and hiking

A site well worth visiting for its beauty and the walks and hikes in the nearby national park. It... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful and peaceful place

I visited Gougane Barra church during a recent visit to West Cork and found it to be one of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Gougane Barra, Ballingeary, Ireland
+353 87 784 2534
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Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

It does exist and it’s even more amazing in person!!!!!! There it sits, just next to the water- amazing as can be. The picture perfect spot. You can go in the Church, the door is unlocked. I went in, lit a candle and said a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A site well worth visiting for its beauty and the walks and hikes in the nearby national park. It is also a site for pilgrimage. The hotel and bar located near the church are worth a visit. Booking for lunch on a weekend is recommended....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Gougane Barra church during a recent visit to West Cork and found it to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The church is on a small island on the lake and it is an amazing place for taking...More

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed 6 October 2018

A perfect spot that was started by monks a very long time ago. Tiny church right on the lake. Seems to be chosen for weddings as we kept seeing them!

Thank MikeBirdman
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Historic small church on beautiful Gougane Barra Lake ...peaceful, spiritual, unique, long history to church and graveyard

Thank pat d
Reviewed 28 August 2018

So many online/social media images today are altered and enhanced to make them (and the people in them LOL) look extraordinary. St. Finbarr's church on the lake at Gougane Barra is real and fantastic. It's a tiny church as part of a pilgrimage destination and...More

Thank EugeneC257
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Gougane Barra Church (Also known as St Finbarrs) is located on a small Island in a beautiful valley, beside a national forest park. It’s 1 hr drive from Cork City or 30mins from Bantry and is definitely worth a visit. There is a small hotel...More

Thank Rathcoole24
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This church, which is more like a small chapel, is situated on a small peninsula jutting into the scenic lake in this park and is a gem, well worth a small detour. The small coffee shop and souvenir shop near this chapel are inviting for...More

Thank lldekker
Reviewed 14 August 2018

My Husband and I recently visited Gougane Barra Church. It was very busy but there was a lovely atmosphere there. There was something special about it. We lite some candles and got some holy water from the well. We visited the ruins of the monastery...More

Thank Caroline D
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

There are many beautiful sights in Ireland, Gougane Barra in southwest Cork is one of the most memorable.A lovely church in a quiet setting, surrounded by lakes and mountains. A cafe and small hotel are nearby. A perfect quiet and reflective setting for a short...More

Thank cathi r
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

On a rainy day we visited this little church. Inside a bit small. Nearby the ruins of an old monestary.

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14 April 2016|
Response from Niall O |
only on special occasions, it's primarily used for weddings but not for regular mass