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Garnish Island

Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Glengarriff
Type: Islands, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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English first
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

....so lovely that i actually proposed my girlfriend here, the island is nice lovely walks, all gardens and path well kept and not too overcrowded, probably because we went at the end of September. The cafè could be improved and the boat trip was ok too with lovely views.

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Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

So many beautiful plants, trees, gardens.... if you love nature you will love this place. We saw adorable seals on the way via boat which was awesome.

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Enfield, Meath, Ireland
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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A big group of us visited Garnish Island recently. We were in luck when it came to the weather as the day before had been very wet. The ferry which we took over was clean and quick. It still had time to slow and let us look at the seals on Seal island. The seals seem to enjoy the attention... More

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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Set in the tranquil waters off Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, this small island is home to many fine plant species from large trees to exotic flowers as well as native species of mosses and heather. Once a naval facility it was privately developed into what it is today by Harold Petro for its new owner -Annan Bryce - from around... More

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Castletownbere, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Loved the walks, the views, the pictures we took were fab....staff in the canteen a little obliging, couldn't get a simple sandwich the day we were in due to being "short-staffed" even though we were the only customers in the place...slightly off putting but loved the boat trip and walks.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Garden designed by Harrold Peto and being maintained with public funds. Gradually being restored. Jaw-dropping setting and an important garden in garden history. Do not miss.

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Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The Ferry Ride across to the Island provided a great photo of the seals basking in the sunshine on the rocks. The island itself has a magnificent display of exotic fauna/flora from all parts of the world! Well worth the trip!

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Los Angeles, CA
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

If you are in the area of Bantry or Glengarriff, take the time to visit Garnish Island. I read up on it in the tour books, but the books do not do it justice. There is a fee for the boat ride and a fee to tour the island. But, even the short boat ride was enjoyable(you can access the... More

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Visited on September 21st. Beautiful sunny day and fantastic gardens well worth a visit. The ferry from the harbour was very efficient and staff friendly, saw seals and sea eagle on way to and from Island. Very reasonably priced both for ferry and gardens. The views are spectacular the weather helped but it was a most amazing place. A must... More

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Coeur D Alene
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60 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The ride out to the island is a nice quick tour of the inner bay. Strolling through the garden was a trip to Italy and to England in the beautiful ponds and plantings. The gardners do a good job of keeping up with the beds and lawns. It is well worth the trip. There were lots of families with with... More

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