Garinish Island, Glengarriff

Must see · Island · Nature / Park
A short ferry ride away in the harbor of Glengarrif in Bantry Bay, Garinish Island is a lush island filled with stunning gardens and rare plants from around the world. Harold Peto designed the now-famous gardens in the 19th century for the island's owners, Annan and Violet Bryce. Since it was given to the state in 1953, this island has become a popular tourist site because of its beautiful walkways. Stroll through the property, which covers 15 hectares (37 acres), and view the world-renowned gardens with plants that are only able to grow in this area's mild microclimate. Visit historic structures on the island, including a Grecian temple, Martello Tower, and Italian casita. Using our custom trip planner, Glengarriff attractions like Garinish Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful well maintained island with different styles of garden. Very well organised. One way system. Worth a visit. Free in for 2021 just have to pay for ferry.  more »
  • Highly recommend visiting Garnish Island while in Glengarriff. Stunning views and amazing gardens / trails  more »
  • Took a trip to Garinish Island and it was fantastic. The Harbour Queen ferry takes about 15 Minutes from Glengariff and it is a wonderful journey that passes a small basking island full of Seals. The....  more »
  • Heaven looks like this beautiful Island
  • Enjoyed the boat trip, the seals in the harbour. And the beautiful gardens. A lovely day out
  • Beautiful island the gardens are fabulous - the tour of the house was really great - tour guide Denis was brilliant - we really enjoyed the whole experience - also it was a lovely treat to see the seals on the way over on the ferry. Garnish island is definitely a lovely place to visit.
  • Good views, especially from the Martello tower. The walk can be challenging.
  • An amazing place to visit it's hard to believe at times that it is actually part of Ireland. It's place that I would recommend you take your time there and really take it in. The ferry ride over is nice too, a lovely calm, peaceful and tranquil destination.

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