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Saint Gonlay

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Saint Gonlay

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Saint-Gonlay is a commune in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine, in Brittany. The Meu river goes through the town. In the North, there is the Meu river and the Comper river, in the East is the brook of Boutavent and in the South, the forest of Brocéliande.


The town is part of the county of Montfort-sur-Meu and depends of Rennes.
Rivers: The Comper The Meu Brooks: The Hélouin The Boutavent The Planchette Mountaintop: The Châtel (91 meters) The Lorinou (83 meters).

The parish of Iffendic separated in two and the town of Saint-Gonlay was founded.
Its birth is probably due to the building of a church in the XIIIth century by two priests of Montfort-sur-Meu.
A priory has also been built and it depends of Saint-Jacques de Montfort abbey.

Get In

By car

Take the road RN24 (Rennes / Vannes-Lorient) and the exit Talensac-Montfort.

By plane

The closest airport is at Rennes.

By train

Railway station of Montfort-sur-Meu, direct lines from Rennes.

By bus

Illenoo Bus, line 2 : Breteil, Iffendic, La Nouaye, Montfort-sur-Meu, departing from the Railway station of Rennes.

Get around


  • Noble house of Le Vilou (Saint-Gonlay)

The house of the Vilou is dated from the XVIIIth century. It was considered at the time as a notable house. Indeed, back then, a subprefect of Montfort-sur-Meu lived there.


  • Discovery circuit of Saint-Gonlay

Leave for a discovery of the archituctural and historical heritage of Saint-Gonlay. The pedestrian circuit has many photos on its way, which enables you to discover the built heritage while walking (circuit of 2/3 Km). Leaflets are sold at the ecomuseum and at the Tourist Office of the district of Montfort.

  • Schoolhouse in the Gallo district (Saint-Gonlay)

The former public school of Saint-Gonlay is used as a setting while speaking about school and childhood in the district of Montfort during the XXth century (memory of former schoolchildren, restoration of a class from the 50s, school games...).
Information at the ecomuseum of the district of Montfort.

  • The path of schoolchildren (Saint-Gonlay)

The departure is on the car park near the churh and the town hall. The marking of the circuit is blue. It is 9 Km long and goes up and down through the town of Saint-Gonlay and its villages, in the countryside. The hike lasts 2h15, follows the Meu river and offers many panoramas at different places on the circuit. We can then see the town centre of Iffendic, the forest of Broceliande.




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