In thinking of Gougane Barra in County Cork, the image of the small church by the lough is what would typically come to mind. However, to fully admire the place one has to take in the surrounding countryside; waterfalls tumble down from the mountain slopes, streams make channels through the pines on the valley floor and sheep can be heard roaming the hills.
Go beyond the church and you will come across picnic tables set in amongst the pines and a number of different trails to explore.
This image is taken from just by the church looking up into the hills at the end of the valley. Many times I have been here and the wind has been whistling through, roughing the water, but on this occasion all was still and the water of the lough was a perfect mirror .