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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 19 August 2016

Worth the visit. Take good walking shoes and a warm jumper - layers are best. Beautiful beautiful place!

Thank Dub-Kiwi
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

When you arrive you pay €10 for s family . It's a lovely walk around the island , lovely flowers an plants but that doesn't really cut it with 2 ,7 year olds ! It's lovely to see but would be great if they had...More

Thank modoola
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Short boat trip over to this island is well worth it. There are seals basking as you pass, and if you are lucky,as we were you can see a sea eagle and other wildlife. The Italianate gardens are stunning. Plenty to see, and a nice...More

Thank NWLadyManchester
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We decided to take the ferry to the island, there is a charge for the ferry and to go on the island but not overpriced for a change. The ferry people took us to see the seals etc. The island was lovely, full of gardens,...More

Thank DeniM2
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to visit. Took ferry over with Queen of the Harbour ferry, they were very good to slow down & get close to the seals basking in the rocks as we passed so everyone could get photos. It's only 10 mins at the very...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Took a family trip to garnish island and found it to be well worth the visit! The boat company we went on was 'blue pool' and was great value for money ..€25 for 2 adults and 2 kids under 16(also got €5 discount from flyer...More

Thank jaccor4
Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is a trip worth doing and manageable for everyone of all ages. A short boat trip (run by a really friendly team) The Island itself is beautiful, you can spend as long as you like on it. The range ornamental plants and trees along...More

Thank jaybeeb
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Lovely way to spend an afternoon. Beautiful gardens and stunning views. Lovely little cafe too. The Blue Pool Ferry guys really look after you and make sure you get to see the seals on the way over and way back and we were even lucky...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 August 2016

In the lovely village of GlenGarriff, Ireland is a small harbor which has two ferry points taking you to Garinish Island. Cost for the ferry is Euro 10 for adults, Euro 5 for school aged (16 & under) children/teens. The boat ride takes about 10-15...More

Thank magickayak
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

The boat trip is lovely and the views of the harbour are beautiful Garinish Island has lovely Mediterranean gardens which are great for a relaxing stroll. There are tea rooms on the island serving light refreshments

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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!