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Ilnacullin (Garnish Island)

Blue Pool Ferry | The Village, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in Glengarriff
Type: Islands, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Dublin, Ireland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Built as WWI raged on Continental Europe, the Italian Gardens represent one man's folly, but are a unique tropical landscape in this part of Ireland. Well worth a visit on a little ferry that goes by Seal Island, where the seals sunbathe and look on at their spectators rather nonchalantly, it is easy to spend a few hours wandering, sitting... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The weather was in our favour when we took the 15 minute ferry across. It is a very small island, full of sub tropical Flora and fauna. Its beautiful and well worth the visit! A little piece of What could be Eden

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Galway, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My self and my family recently went out to garnish Island, the island is lovely and has some of the nicest gardens I have ever seen, the view from the Martello tower was outstanding was a wonderful experience, We came over to the island on the harbour queen ferry, the place looked very unorganised when we went down there was... More

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Dublin
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The island is truly unique and amazing and is run by the OPW. It may not be instantly understood that this is a place the defies Irish climate and is home to tropical plants that would require a greenhouse elsewhere in the country. If you are not a lover of flora it is still spectacular to walk around and admire.... More

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The Italian gardens are well worth a visit. We spent an enjoyable morning walking around the garden and our children 5 and 7 enjoyed themselves running around the lovely lawn area. What we didn't enjoy was why we paid so much on the boat. On recommendation from other users of trip advisor we went to the pier at Glengariff to... More

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Cork, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Really interesting and picturesque. Brought another family and six kids. The kids could go their own way with Wilkie talkies and had a ball

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UK
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We took at book trip from outside Glengariff, just the two of us with the boatman. He showed us the seal colony, which was Ok but not special. Then a little further the White-Tailed Fish Eagle eyrie and one of the adults. Truly magical. The island garden is just wonderful, and the Italian garden in particular is one of the... More

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Bathurst, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The gardens are lovely especially the Italian and walled gardens and it was cool having the tower to climb. Expensive by the time you add on the boat ride. 40 euros for a family of 4.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Garnish Island was a nice surprise, and our group spent an enjoyable several hours exploring the beautiful gardens there. The boat trip out was also fun, with the sea lions bobbing around and looking at us inquisitively.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Went to Garinish Island by the ferry. Only took 15 mins to get across, but it was lovely. We saw the seals. Once on the Island we went round the gardens. Everything was well sign posted so you didn't miss anything. The staff for the ferry and on the Island were really friendly and very helpful. Would recommend that if... More

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