THE thatched toilet at Gougane Barra has been named as one of the best in the world in which to answer nature’s call, according to the popular travel guide Lonely Planet.
The public convenience took Ireland’s top toilet award in 2002, but it has since moved up a notch, with its recent ranking among the Best 100 loos in the world.
People won’t be surprised to learn that the toilet – situated in Gougane Barra’s 350-acre forest park – has been deemed one of the most scenic, but they might like to know that it has been given the added accolade of being one of the most comfortable, too.
The Lonely Planet publication, Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide, has some pretty kind words for these architecturally designed loos. It says: ‘Gougane Barra has been a retreat from the cruel world and a spot for quiet contemplation since Saint Finbarr established an island monastery on the lake during the sixth century.
These thatched toilets, tucked away in the forest park, continue that tradition.’