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Garinish Island

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“on the rocks”(58 reviews)
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
+353 27 63040
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All reviewsboat tripon the rocksmartello toweritalian gardenwalled gardenharbour queenhouse tourblue pool ferryseals baskingseal colonyguided tourwell worth a visitfull bloomsmall boatevery half houroffice of public worksgreat trip
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The ferry €12 runs every 30 mins 9.30-17.30 from Glengarriff and bring you by seal island on the way featuring lazy seals on the rocks and cormorants watching out for their fish dinner. The island, €5 each to enter, is well laid out with walks...More

1  Thank MarOReilly
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the Blue Lagoon Ferry for short journey to and from the island and on the way came close to several seals sunbathing on the rocks. Once on the island we admired the walled garden walk with flowering shrubs in the borders and visited...More

1  Thank Nicholas M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The boat trip which takes 10 minutes is 12 Euro per adult. They only take cash. The entrance fee for the island is an additional 5 Euro per person. Again cash only. The coffee shop closes at 5 so 30 minutes before the last boat...More

Thank Aldehyde
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has to be seen to be believed. Absolutely amazing place to visit. There's gorgeous gardens and wonderful buildings. The views are like no where else in the world. There's a cute little cafe for a snack as well!

1  Thank Damien M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best aspects of my tour of the Beara Peninsula. A must see for any visitor. The tour of the house was specular. Tour guide a gem. A must see.

1  Thank kellfitz7
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a 10 minute ferry ride from the quay. You should see seals on the rocks on the way. The gardens are stunning and beautifully maintained. There are gorgeous views of the rugged coast from many different vantage points on the island. Well worth...More

1  Thank Nicknicklambert
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Words can hardly do justice to the experience. Getting a tour of Bryce house is highly recommended and well worth the effort of waiting to get a spot at busy times.

1  Thank MikeHCork_Ireland
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The surprise was seeing the seals basking on rocky outcrops in the water between the mainland and the island! The gardens are fabulous and the tour of the house well worth doing. I spent a few hours here wandering around and taking in the sights....More

1  Thank Rasmus1986
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens are beautiful and the views very nice, but not worth anywhere near the cost of the boat ride, and separate entrance fee. The boat ride was $12 per passenger, and while we did see seals on the way in, the windows on the...More

1  Thank mattakelly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful part of the world and worth a visit but come prepared. It is a cash-only boat trip and island visit. There are no facilities and very limited parking at the harbour. The service station across from the boat is run down with very...More

2  Thank eur0phil
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July 24, 2018|
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Response from alipalky | Reviewed this property |
Really depends on the severity of the disability, there are about 3 narrow steps into the boat and a bit of a walk from the main road. This was the blue pool ferry, not sure what the harbour queen facilities would be.
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
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