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Our Ireland tours visit this scenic church and reflection of blue sky and mountains in lake at Gougane Barra

Find out why we love Gougane Barra Hotel so much at Vagabond & Driftwood tours.

Gougane Barra Hotel is a family-run establishment, spectacularly located in Cork, on the edge of a lake.

Rob discovered this magical place on the very first Vagabond tour, way back in 2002!

Neil and Katy Lucey's hotel has been delighting our tour guests ever since.

Many of our Vagabond and Driftwood Tours visit Gougane Barra when passing through the southwest.

  • Wifi

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • Hairdryer

  • Tea/Coffee

A view of the gougane barra church from across the lake
A group of guests standing outside the church in gougane barra
An outside view of Gougane Barra hotel in between trees on the lake
A view of gougane barra hotel from across the lake among trees

Things To Do In Ballingeary

Tucked away in the mountains of West Cork in the south west of Ireland, Gougane Barra Hotel is hidden in a romantic, glaciated valley.

Surrounded by the Gougane Barra Forest Park, this hotel offers hikers and nature-lovers a treat, with walking trails beginning from the front door.

We love bring guests on hiking expeditions up the valley. This can be through the forest or climbing steeply up the valley sides.

For a less strenuous stroll, Saint Finbarr's chapel is an easy 5 minute walk from the hotel.

There's not much else to do in Ballingeary except relax!

Ireland map showing location of Gougane Barra in Cork

Highlights of Gougane Barra

  • You'll love the welcome from Neil, the food from Katy's kitchen and the pure serenity of the surroundings.
  • ๐ŸŒ„ Incredible natural scenery - the valley of Gougane Barra feels wild!
  • ๐Ÿ˜‹ Home-cooked, delicious food from hotelier-chef Katy
  • ๐ŸŒณ Hiking trails and wonderful woodlands in Gougane Barra Forest Park
  • ๐Ÿ˜‡ Historic pilgrimage site of Saint Finbarr with picturesque chapel
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