Gougane Barra Hotel

Gougane Barra HotelGougane Barra Hotel is a beautiful hotel in beautiful surroundings, modern, comfortable and situated on its own grounds, overlooking Gougane Barra Lake. With free fishing and some of the most stunning walks through unspoilt country you could imagine, the hotel is also ideal as a base for exploring the beauty spots of Kerry and West Cork. All rooms enjoy fine views of the lake, glen and hills beyond, and the restaurant enjoys a reputation for fine cuisine and friendly service.


Our rooms are all en suite with lake or mountain views.

Hotel details

This family run hotel is nestled in one of the most scenic and romantic glens in Ireland, at the source of the River Lee. A favourite place for visitors, this small intimate hotel is renowned for its fine food, warm welcome and splendid views. This relaxing setting offers activities such as boating, fishing, hiking and cycling. Gougane Barra is famous for St. Finbarr Hermitage, Ireland's 1st National Forest Park, and for its peace and tranquillity. This is an ideal touring centre for the spectacular West Cork and Kerry peninsulas. Neil and Katy Lucey look forward to welcoming you here. Recommended by Georgina Campbell's Ireland Best of the Best. AA 3-star grade with one AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence.

General information

Rating : 3 stars
Size : 27 rooms
Currency : EUR


  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Parking


  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Cycling


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Food & Beverages

The restaurant overlooks the lake and St Finbarr’s Oratory on the island, and it is here that breakfast and evening dinner is served. During the day, food is served in the Tailor and Ansty Bar and sitting rooms every day except Sunday, when traditional Sunday lunch is served in the restaurant. The bar menu has lots to tempt you with. This includes fruit scones with jam and cream, homemade soup or chowder, Dingle Bay smoked salmon and prawns with honey dressing, or a warm chicken salad with roast pine nuts. Home-baking is a large part of this family-run establishment and doesn't disappoint. All breads and desserts are freshly baked in the kitchen. In the evening, dinner is served from 17:30. There are a variety of menus to suit different requirements, such as early bird, à la carte, and table d'hote. The menu is well balanced and seasonally planned, based on locally sourced fresh ingredients, and prepared with great attention to detail. Katy has brought a lot of recipes from her father’s kitchen in Lahinch, where her parents, Eamonn and Rita Vaughan, ran Mr. Eamonn’s famous restaurant for many years. All of this great food is complimented by a well-chosen wine list with lots of different old and new world choices. Advice is also available.


No internet access available. 


Free private parking is possible on site. 


Pets are not allowed. 

Location & area


Gougane Barra
. Ballingeary


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Area information

National Forest Park (1 km) - The National Forest Park offers many fine walks, as well as an abundance of flora and fauna. St. Finbarr's Hermitage (1 km) - St. Finbarr started his hermitage on the island in Gougane Barra Lake. The nearby island contains the ruins of St. Finbarr's hermitage, where many people come to experience the peace, tranquillity and Holiness of the place.

Travel information

By Car: - The hotel's car can meet you off the train, boat or plane to take you directly to the hotel. - The hotel is 32 km (20 miles) from Glengarriff and 55 km (34 miles) from Killarney. - Gougane Barra, lying in a Corrie Valley between the Derrynasaggart and Shehy Mountain Ranges, is 2 km (1.25 miles) from the main route (R584), which runs between the towns of Macroom and Bantry in the county of Cork.

Hotel policies

Cancellation Policy

If cancelled up to 2 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged.  If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the total price of the reservation will be charged. 

Deposit Policy

No deposit will be charged. 

VAT and city/tourist taxes

VAT is included.  Service charge is included.  City/tourist tax is not applicable. 

Meal Plan

Full English breakfast is included in the room rate. 

Children and Extra Bed Policy

All children are welcome.  All children under 2 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding.  All children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots.  All older children or adults are charged EUR 25.00 per night and person for extra beds.  Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. 

Please note that in case specific policies apply to a particular room or rate, the specific room/rate policy prevails over the general hotel policy