We drove an hour and half across the county, through the most twisting and turning roads we've ever experienced to a place where the landscape was absolutely breathtaking. There were auburn coloured hills on both sides of us, some topped with snow - something which Tyler was amazed by and lots of rocky sights in view. We drove through the quaintest little towns and the Gaelic region, all the signs were as Gaeilge and the place had an air of being lost in time, it was like another world to us.
There were beautiful lakes everywhere, whose waters were perfectly still and glittering from the bright winter sun beating down on surface. There was definitely a chill in the air yesterday and as we drove through the county we could see the orange and brown autumn landscapes disappearing and the frosty, icing winter days creeping in.
When we arrived at Gougane Barra there was a definite feeling of stillness and calm. There wasn't one ripple in the lake surrounding St. Finbarr's Oratory - which we went in to to light candles and it was just a beautiful, peaceful place to walk around with our little ones in tow.
There's a huge forrest in Gougane Barra too, with lots of places to explore. We hiked up the side of a hill, up rugged stone steps and through a waterfall to get to a lookout point to view the amazing sites all around us. I was amazed that Tyler managed the steps and even when we got down he wanted to go straight back up again - he's definitely an adventurer!
We had a great time exploring Gougane Barra, a beautiful place and most definitely a photographers dream - I was in my element taking pictures of it all. It was like something out of a fairytale.