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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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Island in the sun

Garinish is a little jewel, a series of gardens and views laid out over a small sheltered island with lush vegetation. It must have been glorious to be the owner in times past! To... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Garinish is a little jewel, a series of gardens and views laid out over a small sheltered island with lush vegetation. It must have been glorious to be the owner in times past! To note only part of the island is wheelchair/buggy accessible but the cetrepiece, the italian garden, is. And viewing the colony of seals sunning themselves on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens and lovely boat trip, you can see the seals on the rocks and swimming in the sea, great childhood memory.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed this day out with our kids. Family ticket cost us €10 (pity it didn't include a map which was €2 extra) the kids loved seeing the seals on the way over as well as rambling around. We visited garnish island in Aug, peak season. We decided we go to the tearooms after our walk but found them closed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The 11€ ferry charge almost put us off! However, glad it didn't beacause the gardens are beautiful (entry free with our Heritage Card) and there was hardly anyone there. PLUS, we got to see basking seals AND a sea eagle chick on the way over.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Well worth the visit, disappointed with the website for not giving pricing so here it is : single person : €10.00 for boat trip across, €4.00 for entry to island . Group bookings , boat same price, island €3.00 entry. Family price 2 adults and 2 Plus Children €10.00 per adult for boat €5.00 for children entry into island €10.00.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Do not miss this amazing place. We travelled across with Blue Pool Ferries. The trip across is a lovely experience with a stop along the way to see seals basking in the sun. Garinish Island is the best garden I have ever visited. The Italian Garden is breathtaking and the view from the Martello Tower is well worth the climb... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Impressive display of gardens, unusual plants , peaceful , It's expensive to get there though and you also have to pay once reaching the Island. For the up keep of the island the cost is required - Bring a picnic!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A visit to Garinish island is a must if you are down Glengarriff Bantry area and i d go so far to say as even worth the trip all on its own.. The island is a paradise full of colour and scents. Lots of seated areas to relax on and breathe it all in. Plenty steps to give great viewing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great little trip across to the island...stopping to view the seals along the way...beautiful place...would go again if even for the ferry ride..kids loved it..only little niggly point is after paying the ferry which we were charged €25 ...which was very reasonable. ....when you get onto the island you can go nowhere before paying another €10 for admittance...again this was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A great day out exploring the wonderful gardens. With beautiful views from every turn. Highlight is that the ferry boats slows down to give passengers a good view of the native seals on the rocks.

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