Commune de Gourin

Town, village, neighbourhood at Gourin

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  • Gourin comes from "Gorwraen" meaning Wraen Hill or Warhen. Called "capital of the Black Mountains", Gourin is the highest commune of Morbihan and was an important slate center. Indeed, with the arrival of the railway in 1892, the quarries took a remarkable growth. However, after 150 years of activity, the extraction of shale and granite as well as the production of roofing slate stopped because of competition from slate quarries in Angers. The gourishes slate shutters in 1962, leaving us of astonishing landscapes to discover during excursions. At present, the train no longer passes through Gourin, but a section of the old railway line has been set up as a greenway, reserved for non-motorized journeys. The history of Gourin is also distinguished by another peculiarity: the emigration of a part of its population to America. Difficult economic conditions prompted these Britons to seek work in the Atlantic beyond the end of the 19th century. This phenomenon lasted until 1965. The Statue of Liberty, visible in the summer, is still visible in the city center, as is the strong relationship between Gourin and the United States. Nowadays, Gourin is the place for large annual festive gatherings such as the Festival of the pancake or the championship of the bell ringers which take place on the site of the castle of Tronjoly.
  • Activities
    • Temporary exhibitions
    • Museum
    • Fishing
    • Hiking trail
    • Mountain biking
    • Bicycle
  • Services
    • Tourist information
    • Multimedia library
  • Equipment
    • Playground
    • Boules pitch
    • Cinema
    • Nightclub
    • Park
    • Open-air swimming pool
    • Artificial lake
    • Restaurant
    • Meeting room
    • Party/music hall
    • Picnic tables
    • Tennis
    • local shops