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Garnish Island

Address: Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Glengarriff
Type: Islands, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff...
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Type: Islands, Historic walking areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Plants, Views, Birds. This is an island in the bay and you can take boat from 3 different locations, We went from Ellens Rock. The shortest too. Inlet surrounded by rocks and trees. A little paradise, We sit in the sun and watch the robins flit about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

It was our pleasure to spend 2-3 hr. on Garnish Island admiring the beautifully themed gardens, cobblestone paths, scenery, and surprise camouflaged walls and doorways, that felt like hideaways in a different world.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful places in Southern Ireland called Garnish Island. It is a beautiful island, only gotten to by ferry, with 15 hectares of lush flowering life. From the secluded walled English garden to the ornate Grecian temple and Italian garden pool one becomes transported to another time. There are lovely paved... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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