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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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Amazing hidden gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Cork
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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19 helpful votes 19 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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