Garinish Island
Garinish Island
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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  • 24Starfish
    East Midlands, United Kingdom115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed!
    Fantastic gardens set in beautiful woodlands. Beautifully kept gardens and some amazing flowers and trees. We saw an white tipped sea eagle sitting on its nest from the circular tower which made the trip even more special. There are toilets and a nice cafe where the boat dropped us off. Our boat came every half an hour that meant we weren’t waiting long when we wanted to return. It is a must if visiting this area and our group all really enjoyed our visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Ruth K
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Place almost to ourselves, lots of seals
    Lovely gardens, very reasonable entry, hardly anyone there even though a June bank holiday weekend. Most of the boats to the island include a pause to look at the seal colony and you get pretty close to them. You can go inside the martello tower which was v interesting. They don't take credit cards for the admission ticket but they do for the ferry and the coffee shop. A good few hours if you are in area or breaking up a drive.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Genna B
    Peterborough, United Kingdom67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dog Friendly Day Out
    Great day out with the dog! Took the Bluepool Ferry through a gorgeous rhododendron lined canal and over past a colony of seals! The island itself is so beautiful. The flower beds are surrounded by stunning views. Cash is needed for entry fee, but the cafe now accepts cards.The village on the mainland is a very expensive tourist trap. Avoid at all cost.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 12, 2023
  • kmarko
    Skofja Loka, Slovenia656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Charming detour
    A romantic detour on our way from Kilkenny to Kerry, a short boat trip (every half hour) and relaxing walk accross this charming little island, mostly transformed into a well maintained garden. And a good cake+coffee while waiting for the boat before leaving the island. On the way saw a small island full of seals, cute :) the parking in the ferry harbour is free.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Lorraine T
    Westport, Ireland57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Fantastic way to spend a few hours. The boat trip out was lovely and nice to see the seal colony. The island itself has beautiful, well maintained gardens and lots of areas of interest. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. Especially liked the tour of the house given by a lady named Bríd, who was exceptionally knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make the experience wonderful. I would highly recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Amy B
    San Diego, California138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning gardens and charming island
    My daughter and I spent a couple of hours soaking in the beauty of these gardens. We loved exploring all of the different parts of the island and climbing up the Martello Tower to see the view. The cafe was charming and had great coffee and scones. We took the Harbor Queen Ferry and it was easy and they stopped on the way out so we could get a good look at the harbor seals.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • joy33003
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Garnish Island is well worth a visit
    Garnish island is beautiful. Cafe serves lovely scones and pastries. Gardens are lovely. We toured the Bryce house in the company of guide Allanah. She was entertaining and informative and obviously very proud of her local area. Highly recommend a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Tony McHugh
    Monaghan, Ireland62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Garnish Island
    Beautiful Island really well worth a visit and you may spot some seals on the way. The tour of the wee house is very very interesting and the tour guide Danny was excellent. Well done Danny very informative interesting and well presented Thank you Tony McHugh
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Carl
    Cardiff, United Kingdom120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see
    What a beautiful little island. A gardener's paradise, a hidden gem off Glengarriff in west Cork. It all starts with a 10-minute ferry journey from Blue Pool, which in itself is a stunning spot. Passed the indifferent local seals and into the little dock at Garnish Island. The staff there are friendly and helpful in guiding you around the island and there's so much to see, including the Italianate garden. It's a wonderful place. Don't miss it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    price trick
    Very nice visit especially the Italian garden, although some parts roped off. Some very good views. The entrance for the garden is a very reasonable 5 Euro. However, as you can only access the island via ferry this was 15 Euro return, essentially making entrance 20 Euros! Although they do clearly state on the web site that entrance does not include the ferry, it does not tell you how much it is. The ferry trip was pleasant enough for the 10-15 minutes each way but not worth the price save for the access to garden so a trap. Also found the staff at the ferry very off hand. Not surprising they are on to a winner. This distraction was a shame as the garden is in unique position. I would say yes go but do bear in mind the extra cost. We were only on the island about an hour, including have a drink from cafe.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
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millies23
County Clare, Ireland168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
2nd visit to Garnish. Last time 12 yrs ago. The boat trip was nice, saw seals basking on rocks on way out. The boat driver was funny & informative & answered all our questions. The Island is lovely with lots of unusual plants & shrubs many from Australia & New Zealand which for us was nice having lived there. It’s a nice walk through, all one way now likely due to Covid-19 & I believe some areas are inaccessible now. The house was not open (never knew there was a house & don’t recall it on previous visit). We spent approx 1.5h & we’re finished. Advise to take a picnic & try to make more of the day.
Overall I found it a bit boring. There was no leaflet/handout/notice boards informing of recent changes or upgrades or restrictions from normal due to covid. There was little info on history. When we completed our walk around the island, there were long queues (well socially distanced) to reboard the boat. We were in the wrong queue for approx 15 mins as there were no signposts or staff manning the queues. Price reflected restrictions at €3 to get on island. Boat was €10 & took 15mins with seeing seal rock also. Boat broke down on way back & had to be towed which was a bit of craic 🤣
Nice few hours on a sunny day but take a picnic if you’re bringing kids.
Written August 7, 2020
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rubylass
cork186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Well worth the trip. We visited as a family with 2 small children, aged 2 and 4. The kids were free for the island and the ferry. Just be aware that the island is a separate charge to the ferry. It’s usually €5 per person but currently half price due to the COVID restrictions. It’s totally worth the money. Also due to COVID, the island is a one way system which we found excellent as it felt like you had the island to yourself as you weren’t meeting people coming against you. My children were able to run around safely and they loved the freedom of the island. There are toilets and a small little coffee shop but a lot of people had picnics with them which we hadn’t even thought of. We had 90mins on the island and found it was a perfect time. I would highly recommend Garnish Island, a gem in The beautiful West Cork.
Written July 13, 2020
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Farrellfamily
Ireland90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
A stunning spot to visit when in Glengarrif. Take the short boat ride across (€40 for family of 4 plus €2.50 per adult charge when you arrive on the island). Well worth it. Our children were delighted to see seals on the way over. Stunning gardens and views from the island. Really well managed with covid restrictions - one way system and plenty of staff to guide you. Coffee shop on the grounds of island. Beautiful to stroll around the Island, take in the stunning gardens, buildings and amazing views.
Written July 11, 2020
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Cormac K
Newport, Ireland17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Beautiful island, great selection of trees and plants. Stunning views. On the boat trip out saw some seals. Worth the trip if the weather is good.

Only down side is the price, for a family of 8 I paid €116 euro for 2 hrs, way too much.
Written August 29, 2020
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Liz Farrell
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We visited this place last year. Sub tropical climate means the plants here are unusual for the rest of Ireland and with the Italian themed architect and the winding paths that lead into different garden sections, leads our senses to believe we have escaped to the Mediterranean. Bring a packed lunch and flask of tea as the coffee shop is small and very busy, although they serve an excellent menu at typical Irish prices. I will definitely visit again.
Written May 16, 2020
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Karen
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Never again. Firstly for a family of 7 we were charged €54 to get the boat to Garnish island. Then when we got to the island we had to pay an additional €2.50 per adult to gain access. Otherwise you get the next boat back. RIP off republic. We expressed our dissatisfaction with the cost and the receptionist said it's too different councils running the boat and island and gave us an email address to make a complaint. We paid the money, walked the grounds in 20 minutes and got the next boat out.
Written August 16, 2020
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Paula G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
After getting the Blue Pool ferry across we purchased our tickets at the OPW office on arrival, under 12s go free. A guide gave a brief summary of the islands main attractions and your free to explore yourself. The gardens and plants are fabulous, walking paths easy to navigate, some areas with stone steps, Martello tower which can be climbed, and the iconic pool and viewing areas. It also has a wild Atlantic way sign. You could do an optional guided tour of one of the houses but we just explored ourselves. We did not avail of the tea rooms, although they looked nice. Toilet facilities available. A really lovely relaxed family day out well worth doing if your in the area.
Written July 31, 2022
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pipstrello
Dublin, Ireland55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
What a beautiful trip to Garinish (Garnish) island! We got the ferry from Glengariff, which took us on a nice sail past sea lions and an eagle well camouflaged on a tree branch, before arriving at the idyllic Garnish Island which is a little biosphere of its own, with several plants from New Zealand and India. It has several different styled gardens (an Italianate garden, a jungle, a beautiful walled garden with many flowers, including some of the biggest dahlias I've ever seen, a Greek style temple with fabulous views across the bay, and a Martello tower (there are many of these in Ireland, built by the English in 1804 as defence towers in case of a Napoleonic invasion). There's a coffee shop on the island, which also serves vegan options. There are tours of Bryce house (the Bryce family owned the island) but only the first 10 people in the line could do the tour so we missed out on that. Nevertheless, se spent several enjoyable hours enthralled by the natural beauty of this island. Well worth a visit.
Written August 17, 2022
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Genna B
Peterborough, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Great day out with the dog! Took the Bluepool Ferry through a gorgeous rhododendron lined canal and over past a colony of seals! The island itself is so beautiful. The flower beds are surrounded by stunning views. Cash is needed for entry fee, but the cafe now accepts cards.The village on the mainland is a very expensive tourist trap. Avoid at all cost.
Written June 12, 2023
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Anonymous
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Fab trip out to Garinish Island…. The boat ride over with Harbour Queen was lovely. Immediately upon arrival to the island we were greeted by the friendly staff, the gardens were amazing not to mention the house on the island. The tour guide Seán was superb, he really brought the history of the house and those who lived there alive, I would greatly recommend this tour… and definitely the house tour 😀
Written August 27, 2021
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