Garinish Island, Glengarriff

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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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  • What a beautiful trip to Garinish (Garnish) island! We got the ferry from Glengariff, which took us on a nice sail past sea lions and an eagle well camouflaged on a tree branch, before arriving at... 
    What a beautiful trip to Garinish (Garnish) island! We got the ferry from Glengariff, which took us on a nice sail past sea lions and an eagle well camouflaged on a tree branch, before arriving at...  more »
  • Would recommend 100%, with young kids the boat across and then an island to explore was fantastic. We did have a teen in a wheelchair and I would recommend a visit it did restrict some locations in... 
    Would recommend 100%, with young kids the boat across and then an island to explore was fantastic. We did have a teen in a wheelchair and I would recommend a visit it did restrict some locations in...  more »
  • The island is located in the sheltered harbour of the Glengariff in the Bay of Bantry, this is a small island but definitely worth a visit. You need to take the ferry from Glengariff pier, there is a....  more
    The island is located in the sheltered harbour of the Glengariff in the Bay of Bantry, this is a small island but definitely worth a visit. You need to take the ferry from Glengariff pier, there is a....  more »
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  • It's a gardeners garden. 10/10.
  • A cloudy day on Garnish Island,but we'll worth the visit. Stunning
  • Very beautiful gardens , easy to get to
  • A hidden gem
  • Lovely island

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