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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  • We live in Kerry not too far away so we go here once a year. It's a short boat trip out there from the village and the seals are always on the rocks as we pass by.the garden is very well maintained an...  more »
  • The ferry ride provided some up close views of seals basking in the sun. The island itself is interesting. The house is only accessible with a 40 minute tour and we did not have time to do that and ex...  more »
  • As indicated by other reviews, after a short boat ride and a visit to the seals of the bay you arrive on an island dedicated to gardens in a style at the beginning of the last century. A little garden air lake middle hand. You walk in the middle of this garden and you will end your walk from the view at the top of the tower. To do with young children too.
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  • 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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