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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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A Must See

I have been travelling to this beautiful island since i was a young girl. An absolute gem!! A must see for all. Lovely boat trip out which takes some fantastic scenic views and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I have been travelling to this beautiful island since i was a young girl. An absolute gem!! A must see for all. Lovely boat trip out which takes some fantastic scenic views and seals basking on the rocks can also be seen. The island is small so its easy to get around. The Italian garden with its 300 yr old... More 

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University Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

A great place to visit, there are many different types of gardens you can visit. The map will lead you through the garden and identify some of the plants for you. There is an amazing array of plants from all over the world. You have to take a short ferry over to the island and you will most likely see... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The ferry ride to Garnish Island is only the first pleasure here. The gardens are lovely, somewhat overgrown and peaceful. It was so interesting to see this private vision turned into reality and then allowed to return to a more primitive state.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The ferry boat to the island is rather expensive (EUR 12.00), but the entrance fee to the garden is acceptable (EUR 4.00). In summer there are quite a lot of visitors on the small island so that some popular locations (e.g. the Italian garden) are a bit overcrowded. Some views from the island are fairly stunning, but beware: the paths... More 

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Kinsale, Ireland
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Bit rainy for a garden visit but lovely when sunny. Just not very exciting for kids. Great when you can bring a picnic and enjoy the plants and scenery

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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We went to garnish island on Saturday morning,the only good day on our short visit to west cork. The boat over to the island took around 10/15 minutes which was nice and calm. We stopped to take pics of the seals who were out sunbathing on the rocks. The island its self is stunning and quite warm as it's well... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

An easy relaxing afternoon trip to a beautiful spot.Loved just chilling out there wandering around for the afternoon after a few busy days of touring

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East Dennis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you like flowers and gardens this is a good stop. Some walking but worth it. Interesting to see the varity of plants and how they are arranged. Some of the stone work is interesting and appears to have been done many years ago

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 via mobile

Lovely walk around gardens with rare tropical plants on an Island in Glengarriff Harbor in Bantry Bay, West Cork. Getting there requires a ferry ride, and there are several ferry companies to choose from. BEWARE OF BLUE POOL FERRY. Very unreliable service. We waited 40 minutes in the rain for a ferry which arrived 20 minutes behind schedule.

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Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Excellent day out had fun, do make sure you use mosquito repellant I didn't and was definitely the worse for it. The gardens are stunning I would definitely recommend a visit.

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Address: Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Glengarriff

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