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Garnish Island

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| 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 29 August 2016 via mobile

A beautiful place particularly if you have interest in gardening, landscaping and the outdoors. Wonderful history and a lovely boat trip to the island. Kids have loads of opportunity to run around and explore. The house guided tour provides context and history of the island...More

Thank Dalyhols
Reviewed 28 August 2016

There are at least two different boat tours to Garnish Island. We did not try the Blue Pool tour in town, but chose, instead the one with a small boat and just a sign along the highway. Kevin gave us a customized, early morning tour...More

Thank sherrrrry
Reviewed 26 August 2016

The price was excellent for what you got. It was beautiful. The ferry ride itself was excellent as you saw the seals sunning along the way. The Island was just beautiful. Surrounded by water and mountain views - the landscapes were just beautiful and the...More

Thank mkn444
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I was at a family wedding and my aunt suggest a trip so i went we were lucky with the weather it was stunning as we were rushing to get back to the hotel I didn't get to see all the Island but have now...More

Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Were somewhat disappointed with our visit. Payed 45€ for 4 persons (including a student and a senior) for a 15 minute ride on a small crammed ferry boat. If you're lucky you'll get to see some seals resting on the rocks in Bantry Bay. Upon...More

Thank Josephine E
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was a lovely surprise of a visit. It was a short ferry trip which the children loved and then into a beautiful island of tropical plants and flowers. The children were entertained by the walks and towers. One thing to note is the cafe...More

Thank Yvonnefitz
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Visited on a beautiful sunny day in July 2016 with 2 young children under 5 and 2 over 70's - Took the boat out from Glengarriff, around €10 adult I think, and the trip out to Garinish was amazing, clearest blue skies and water, stopped...More

3  Thank Paul L
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Well worth the price €10 each for the boat trip which as others have said was really good. The two man crew try to ensure you see the seals and the sea eagles that have a chick! Boats every half hour till 5. The gardens...More

Thank nanaelaine
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The trip began with a boat ride from Glengarriff. This was a treat on its own, navigating a seaweed covered creek, out into open water with marvellous views, passed seals basking on rocks and eventually to Garinish Island. The walk around the island is fabulous,...More

Thank Russell M
Reviewed 21 August 2016

This is a really lovely trip especially on a clear day. The ferry trip over takes in loads of basking seals, and we got to see a rare eagle landing in its nest from the shore line. The gardens themselves are vast, varied, and house...More

Thank Shelagh O
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Hello! How long is the ferry ride from Glengarriff Pier to Garnish Island?
5 March 2017|
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Response from garnishisland | Property representative |
Hi, the boat trip takes about 15 minutes to get to the Island
Someone told me there was free entrance on tuesdays, is this true?
5 August 2016|
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Response from Deb M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know as we were there during the week and it wasn't Tuesday. All my research I did beforehand did not have any specials or discounts listed on it
Hi - do you accept dogs on the isalnd (and the same for the ferry operators)?
17 April 2016|
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Response from Cearnley | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for the delay in replying. As the previous contributor has confirmed, dogs are allowed on the island and on the boats to the island, but must be on a leash. Enjoy your trip!