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Garnish Island

#2 of 15 things to do in Glengarriff Features Animals
| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

This was a lovely stop on my recent Driftwood Tour. The highlight of the trip over was the little jig the boat captain did :) I roamed the estate by myself and I found it peaceful. My only regret was that I didn't get to...More

Thank Christine P
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Great time had took a party of 44 to the gardens & Helens cafe recommend the food🍴😀 Easy to get to from pier the lovely John has the crack !

2  Thank Karen B
Reviewed 1 October 2016

It sounded so unpromising to me: seals, birds, a little boat, a promised island paradise, some old garden - we'd just done the Ring of Kerry where the cloud started at road level so we'd seen nothing and we had a chunky drive to get...More

Thank Alistair W
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Situated in glengarriff harbor garinish island is a bit of an enigma. Beautifully sculpted gardens carved out of the wild beauty that is Ireland. On the boat trip to the island you can see sea-lions swimming in the bay and various other wildlife. A definite...More

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 28 September 2016

My wife and I visited this island as part of a Shearings coach tour. It is only a ten minute boat ride from glengarriff pier and the boat took us up close to basking seals en route. I found the Italian gardens a little disappointing...More

Thank brian1006_12
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful island well kept ,lovely coffee shop upon entrance. Beautiful grounds that you could easily pass a day walking around. Pack a picnic. Lovely boat trip out too.

Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful trip over to Garnish Island. The boat journey was short and pleasant and we got to see Seals on the way over which was a bonus. We got it for €10 return rather then €12 as we literally hadn't the cash on...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Well there is no doubt that Garnish Island is worth a visit and commensurate with it being a National Heritage The Gardens are the result of the creative partnership of Annan Bryce and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The island was bequeathed to the...More

1  Thank Johneric L
Reviewed 18 September 2016

The visit to Garnish Island begins at the pier in Glengarriff when you are greeted by the staff of The Harbour Queen ferry company. Our Captain was Brendan and enroute to the Island he brought us via some islands to view some seals that were...More

2  Thank OJD
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This beautiful island is well worth a visit, to see the lovely garden, and the very interesting house telling a lovely story of how a home was created. The guides seem to be very wrapped up in the history of the island, and are very...More

Thank jenny162016
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17 July 2017|
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Response from garnishisland | Property representative |
Hi, Most people spend between 1-3 hours on the Island depending on your interest in Gardens, if you take the tour of the house or have some food while on the Island. Hope you enjoy the trip
17 July 2017|
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Response from jimmyb1957 | Reviewed this property |
For the full day if you wish, the ferry's go back and forth all day.
13 July 2017|
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