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Garnish Island

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Address: Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Description: Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the...
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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This Island trip is a must on your itinerary, the gardens are beautiful and well maintained. Nice tea shop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This Island trip is a must on your itinerary, the gardens are beautiful and well maintained. Nice tea shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Located in Bantry Bay - South West Ireland Catch a ferry from Glengarriff -The ferry departure point is well signposted. A short ferry trip starts in a beautiful inlet, the sides are covered with different coloured Rhododendrons, spectacular when they are in full bloom. A 10 minute boat ride takes you near to a seal colony, where the seals look... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

There are many beautiful gardens in Ireland, but this one is special. Great boat ride over watching the seals play on the rocks (first one when you arrive in Glengarriff is 6 Euros - there are two other departure points further along the road) and then the walk around the island was superb. Entrance is free if you have the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

If you're in the Cork area this island is a must. So beautiful and unique it's a shame not to visit it. Got off the ferry with a heavy jacket and ended up in t-shirt due to the off microclimate. It's a shame the pool part is badly maintained and in need of restoration.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Everything about this trip was great! From the moment you leave the pier on the ferry you are on an adventure. The short ferry trip includes a visit to the seal colony in Glengarriff Harbour and the seals bask on the rocks oblivious to their audience - bring a camera! The island itself is magical - donated to the state... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

What a wonderful idea to put a romantic, Italianesque garden on an island. It has everything a garden should have from romantic views and a walled garden to a secret hidden away beach (stony). The dedicated staff clearly work hard to maintain this lovely place.

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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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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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