Gougane Barra


In the footsteps of St. Finbarr

On entering Gougane Barra you are met with the natural beauty of the hills which tower over Gougane Barra Lake and the renowned St. Finbarr’s oratory nestled in the heart of this idyllic valley. 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.

During Penal Times, when public shows of devotion were forbidden, people made their way to Gougane Barra and gathered secretly around selected mass rocks that are the source of great reverence for pilgrims to this day.

The scenery in this area is breathtaking and it offers the visitor a myriad of beautiful trails in this peaceful valley. The gentle Nature Trail is only 1 km and offers the perfect vantage point from which to view this cathedral of stillness. For the more energetic, there is the beautiful Sli Easa way and the Waterfalls Walk which commands magnificent views of the whole glen and the great mountain wall that encloses it.