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Address: Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered...

Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.

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Fantastic. Visiting every year with my family. Best time to visit spring. All flowers trees becoming a life. 😊

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic. Visiting every year with my family. Best time to visit spring. All flowers trees becoming a life. 😊

Thank Arnoldzike S
County Cork
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for a picnic with our kids. Ferry to the island was the most interesting part of that trip. As soon as we got there we wanted to go back straight away. Place was infested with midges. It was not possible to sit down and simply relax, also the ferry price did not include entrance to the gardens.

Thank Williamethan
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went over to Garinish Island at the end of a days walking that finished up at Glengariff Harbour so the obvious thing to do was to get the ferry boat across to the Island. On the way we saw Seals basking in the sunshine on the rocks You do a circular tour of the gardens that is well signposted... More 

Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Accessed by boat from Glengarriff, you may be lucky to see seals or sea lions relaxing on the rocks. Once on the island there e are exotic trees, an Italian garden, a tower, and steps to a pergola looking out to the Caha Mountains.

Thank Cearnley
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

On the ferry out to the island you are in with a chance of spotting seals and eagles along with plenty more nature. The island itself is full of wonders. I couldn't recommend it enough!

Thank Chelle0k
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Beautiful island. Lovely boat trip to get to this island however, we were left stranded by our boatman/operator for at least 30 minutes wait time. Very frustrating when time off work is very limited and our tight schedule was thrown of kilter.

Thank Ladylike34
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

A trip to Garnish I well worth the shirt boat trip. Get lots in stunning gardens and plants as you stroll around the micro climate. Keep an eye out for seal island on the way over. Great place for a picnic on a sunny day.

Thank aodhanomaonaigh
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

We are lucky enough to visit Glengarrif every year & a trip to Garnish island remains the highlight of each trip. This year we were lucky enough to see the eagle on the boat trip over! But the seals are always entertaining too!! On the island the gardens are spectacular with gorgeous planting, lovely pathways & walks. Definitely a micro... More 

Thank Aisilng
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Even the boat trip to the island is fun. We saw some baby seals with their "mums" because July is the month most of them are born. What an incredible, beautiful spot.

Thank STLDixie
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

took the ferry from the village with a very interesting man called John. A lovely trip especially on a bright sunny day. saw lots of seals too. beautiful scenery . it costs € 12. p.p. return & there is a charge to get into the gardens.the gardens are well mapped out, allow at least 1 hour to walk around. wear... More 

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