Gougane Barra – is a small settlement in a long valley surrounded by hills in County Cork located to the west of the city of Macroom, It is here that has its source River Lee, where it first falls into the lake.
The lake itself is about a kilometer long and 300 meters wide and its depth does not exceed 12 meters, and the entire area is 5 km of the motorization route and 10 km of scenic routes along with natural points.
The area of Gougane Barra can be visited and enjoyed at any time of the year, and the picturesque scenery with the natural beauty of the hills overlooking the lake where the small island is located really takes your breath away.
It is an ideal place for people looking for picturesque landscapes, on the isle there are ruins and most probably the most photographed chapel in Ireland.
Saint Finbarr (First Bishop of Cork) built the first monastery here in the sixth century, the current ruins come from around 1700 when Father Denis O’Mahony, who followed his life in the footsteps of the saint decided to retire here (his tomb is near the entrance on the holy island), there are also prayer purposes and beautiful old cross stations.
The entire area around the settlement was forested in 1938 and currently occupies about 142 hectares of a forest park with many species of trees (about 20), including: dune pine, Sitka spruce, Japanese larch.
Gougane Barra is really a MAGICAL PLACE!