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Ilnacullin (Garnish Island)

Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Glengarriff
Type: Islands, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Owner description: Garnish Island (Ilnacullin Garinish or Garnish) is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, in Southwest Ireland. Garnish is... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tullamore, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful island!! We were very lucky we were there on a beautiful Sunday in September! The gardens are breathtaking! The view from the temple and also the Martello are amazing. We loved it and we'll definitely be back, a hidden gem, I can't believe I'd never even heard of ot before! A must see for everyone!

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We were lucky to have such a sunny day and the boat trip was a real treat. Saw the seals up close and also went round the Italian gardens. A beautiful place for some peace and quiet with stunning views of the bay and beyond. Teddy who runs the boat we were on was a real character. Good fun and... More

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Moygashel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Taking the whole experience into consideration, €14 for Garnish Island was a decent price, but personally would have preferred seeing more going to the gardens (€4) than the boats (€10). Overall the boat journey in itself isn't spectacular (We took the blue pool ferry). As mentioned before, there is no safety briefing, and I'm pretty sure that the helmsman was... More

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Augsburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

on the boattrip you pass Little Islands with colonies of seals, and the boat goes pretty Close. the Island itself is quickly visited, but charming.

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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Very picturesque and beautiful island with wonderful gardens throughout coupled with panoramic views of the surrounding Bantry Bay and Caha mountains. The short 15 minute Blue Pool Ferry ride from Glengariff was pleasant with a close up view of the seal island. The grandkids loved the ferry ride. Once on the island, walking the trails throughout was nice and easy,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Fab gardens. Great buildings. If you love gardens then a definite place to visit. Loved the walled garden and the lawn in font of the Japanese style building. Very enjoyable boat trip to the island and it is very well maintained. It's history is fascinating and worth exploring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

what a beautiful island! it was one of the highloghts of our trip... a must see if visting west cork, I would highly recommend it!

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Westport, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Inspiring tropical garden in Bantry Bay. From when we bought our tickets for the ferry ride at Quinn's in Glengariff, where the welcome began, to the pretty hidden cove from which the boat embarks everything was magical. The gardens, especially the Italian garden, looked well, although it is a 'Spring' garden. A little challenging for those with mobility difficulties but... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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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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