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Gougane Barra Lake
Gougane barra is one of the most unique and special places in the whole of County Cork due to its incredibly beautiful setting in an ancient glacial valley hidden in the remote hillsides of West Cork. It is most famous for its tiny Church which sits on a little promontory sticking out into a pretty lake, with lush forests at low level rising quickly to dramatic barren hillsides all around. This contrast and unique setting gives Gougane a serene and spiritual feel which cannot be found anywhere else. The lake is placid most of the year and provides idyllic shots either from the shore or on the water, but in Winter can be a dramatic, almost ghostly place.
So popular is it with the Irish that the waiting list to be married in the tiny Church stretches to years not months! It is easily accessible via a good road right up to the banks, and there is a small family run Hotel for meals & accommodation. They are very accommodating and can also hire out small boats for fishing/hand-held filming. If its awe-inspiring Natural Beauty and drama you want all rolled into one then you won’t find better than Gougane Barra! Distance from Cork: 1 hour 30 minutes GPS Co-Ordinates N51˚50.164 W009˚19.595
Address: Off the R584 Ballylickey – Ballingeary Road 10km North of Kealkil
Region: West Cork
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