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Address: Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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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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Must do if in Glengarriff

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a gem of a morning or afternoon destination. You park your car and then take a 10 minute boat trip to the island; lots of seals basking on rocks when I went. There is a tea room and there are 5 gardens on the island with beautiful views. If you like to take your time you can spend... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Myself and my hubby and two year old toddler went to visit garnish island and we were thrilled with the experience. The boat trip was lovely and so easy and safe with smallie. We were helped on and off the boat with the buggy. The island is just glorious and well worth a visit. We'd a lovely lunch in d... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

It's a short ferry ride to the island and you may get to see seals along the way. There were quite a few when I went and one the way back I swear a few posed for our photos. There are two separate fees, one for the ferry and another to get into the island. The Italian garden was beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

It was a beautiful day to view the gardens and grounds,there are amazing and views out over the bay.The old house has just been opened to the public and we were very privileged to be some of the first to view it.The OPW have done an amazing job on the restoration and presentation ,it is a 'must visit'.really interesting history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We visited this site on our Driftwood tour of Ireland. There were seals on the rocks during our boat ride to the island. There are several different types of gardens on the site. An Italian garden, and a walled garden along with others. It was raining when we first got off the boat but like Ireland it didn't last to... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Small boat ride across to the island from glengarrif harbour We saw seals and the white tailed eagle You must be able to climb steps and also be careful if it's rained as can be slippery Lovely gardens although past their best when we visited due to rain and the time if year but would no doubt look pretty In... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

The short boat trip to see the seals was worth it followed by the beautiful gardens providing plenty of photo opportunities. We were not fortunate to catch sight of the eagle but the seals more than made up for it.

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