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Garinish Island

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| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
+353 27 63040
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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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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“boat trip” (77 reviews)
“on the rocks” (54 reviews)
“martello tower” (41 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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+353 27 63040
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"boat trip"
in 77 reviews
"on the rocks"
in 54 reviews
"martello tower"
in 41 reviews
"italian garden"
in 40 reviews
"walled garden"
in 36 reviews
"harbour queen"
in 25 reviews
"blue pool ferry"
in 19 reviews
"house tour"
in 18 reviews
"seal colony"
in 14 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 39 reviews
"full bloom"
in 11 reviews
"guided tour"
in 11 reviews
"basking seals"
in 10 reviews
"every half hour"
in 9 reviews
"small boat"
in 7 reviews
"office of public works"
in 6 reviews
"great trip"
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We were ferried over to the island by Kevin O'Sullivan, who has a small boat docked just a few minutes west of Glengarriff. In his boat we visited the seal island up close and watched the eagles. He was very personable, and I highly recommend...More

Thank Andrei F
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took the Blue Pool boat from beside Quill's shop-€12 each. It was a magnificent day-the water was so clear with a few groups of swimmers along the way. We went slowly past the seals swimming and sun bathing on the rocks. €5 to enter...More

1  Thank zanezanezane
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful Garden in Bantry Bay. Use ferry boat from the Blue Pool as the boat is smaller and can get closer to the seals sunbathing on the rocks. There are toilets and a small cafe on the Island and nature pure Transfer from Glengariff aprox,...More

Thank Christa M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was a wonderful day to visit as the weather was quite lovely but the gardens are a gem in the crown jewels of West Cork. What a beautiful area of Ireland.

Thank RichardRodgers211873
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were admittedly very lucky with the weather, but this visit has it all! There are 3 ways to get to the island but we took the Bluepool ferry from the centre of the town which I've reviewed separately but the trip itself is worthwhile....More

Thank in428
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic day trip from nearby Bantry. The island itself is wonderful, all sorts of hidden corners and surprises, and the gardens themselves are truly impressive. The cafe was also quite good for pastries and snacks. The boat ride over is a nice, short trip; you...More

Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the island with my family on the June Bank Holiday Weekend. The weather was perfect for a stroll through the gardens and they are well worth a visit. Unfortunately we were late arriving and didn’t get a chance to tour the house but...More

2  Thank Diarmuid G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first we thought twelve euro for adults for the ferry was a lot when there is an extra charge to get access to the island. So worth it!! The beautiful ferry passing the seals, taking us to this beautiful Garnish Island with gardens and...More

Thank Om115
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Think about this. A boat ride of 10 minute's on Bantry Bay to the Island, on the way check out the seals lounging on the rocks.....arrive on this absolutely beautiful garden if Eden....the variety of plants and trees will amaze you. ... Make sure you...More

Thank Denis O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading about it for years i finally made it to Garnish Island off Glengariff in Co Cork and it didnt disappoint. My advice take the fear from the Blue pool (12e return) passing the seals and the white tailed eagles huge nest you come...More

1  Thank kingdomDublin
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janfusion
July 11, 2018|
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Response from simono1958 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. There really are quite a lot of steps on the island. Some have a handrail. I have made a map of these and also taken some photos but am working to get Tripadvisor to post them. The house should be accessible and part of... More
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alipalky
April 7, 2018|
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Response from Packernjs1 | Reviewed this property |
The boats were every half hour but picked back up on the hour which ties in well with the tour of the house. Enjoy it we did
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Frozendreams
January 16, 2018|
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Response from Colin M | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s no problem at all. The staff on the boat/ferry where very helpful. We had a dog onboard, and that was no problem at all. Hope this is of help Colin
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