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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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“on the rocks” (44 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Glengarriff Harbour, Glengarriff, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A lovely day out. The Ferry across to the island stopped to let us see the seals on the rocks and the scenery is lovely. I believe the ferry in the centre of the town is cheaper than the one at the Bantry side of...More

Thank Olive B
Reviewed 2 days ago

The island is only accessible by ferry, not very disabled friendly as there is a couple of steps up to the side of the boat and then about another 5 down, there does not appear to be any wheelchair access. The crew are very helpful...More

Thank Brian P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Garnish Island is a must-see - definitely worth the boat fare and entrance cost. The town is gorgeous, the jetty location is lovely too. The boatmen show take you to see some of the sealife en-route. The island itself is lovely, I've been there three...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic gardens by the sea. You need to take a 10 minutes boat trip to the island, which is very affordable. They normally passes very slowly by the seals so you definitely will see them. The island is great. Lovely different gardens, vegetations, flowers &...More

Thank smcwtrip
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens reached by boat. Nice tearoom. Great place to spend the day. The boatmen will often take you past seals and show you where the rare white tailed eagle nests.

Thank Mstoneleigh-on-sea
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Friendly boat crew who slowed the boat so that we could all appreciate the basking seals and the bird life of Bantry Bay. The island gardens are special and we followed the map religiously so that nothing was missed. Coffee shop is a tad pricey,...More

Thank Vicky C
Reviewed 6 days ago

This Island is a place that calls to me each time I visit Ireland.This was a first for the kids and my partner and they enjoyed it thoroughly along with the boat ride over and back.

Thank paidir65
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful visit to Ilnacullin! On the way over, curlews flew past and high on a branch of a pine tree sat a female white tailed sea eagle complete with her identity tag marked D. She sat and gazed distainfully down at the boat...More

Thank gmullan
Reviewed 1 week ago

A place you must visit before you die. On a sunny day this is all most heaven. Beautiful gardens to stroll around. Get the boat from the Blue Pool centre of the town. This boat bring you out through the inlet and it is a...More

Thank Dermot15
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a ferry from the town's center. Great trip to the island while watching seals and eagles. The island itself hosts a garden and a house. You have to pay for both separately and they are also not included in the boat ticket. However...More

Thank Matth-t-S
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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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