Sarah and Lucy, both keen hikers, recently headed out to Gougane Barra to check out the trails.
Within the park itself, there are six Coillte walking trails to suit all levels of fitness.
The Slí an Ghaorthaidh (0.5kms, 30mins, multi-access) is a nature trail with 10 stops; Sli na Laoi (1.3kms, 1hr, moderate) is a delightful trek along the floor of Coomroe following the course of the infant Lee to the head of the valley; Slí Dhoire na Coise (1.8kms, 45mins, easy) is a gentle walk along the Lee to the lake and back; the more energetic can tackle the Slí an Easa (1.8kms, 1.5hrs, strenuous); Slí na Sléibhe (2.5kms, 2hrs, strenuous) is the most majestic of all the trails in the park – high into the mountains with spectacular views; for those pressed for time, Slí an Choim Rua (0.5kms, 30mins, moderate) gives a glimpse into the wonder of the park at the back of the forest valley.
Outside of the park there is the 11.5km Gougane Barra Loop which is a beautiful more challenging hike (boots, maps, poles, etc required). Will share details of that again soon. Posted it way back when 🙂
Remember to bring coins for the carpark (€5) and make sure to stop into the fab Gougane Barra Hotel afterward.