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Have you been to Garnish Island?

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Have you been to Garnish Island?

This is the last week that the island is open for the year. Do you happen to know what the garden is like now ? Are most of the flowers past season? If so, is the foliage/non-blooming plants still nice to see? Is it worth going, in your opinion?

Thank You

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1. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

Yes, but it's a venue for reasonably fine weather, I think.

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2. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

We loved it--spent several hours there, but that was in August on a glorious day.

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3. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

So basically don't waste our time if there are grey clouds approaching...

Right? Looks like Tuesday is the driest day in the forecast. Items left on our list this week are Blarney Castle, Fota animal park, and maybe Garnish... All weather dependent but Fota is happening no matter what :)

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4. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

It's never a waste of time, just more pleasant in certain weather!!With the seas this week it may not be an option anyhow. If you are in Fota, you will be close to Barryscourt castle, Midleton has the Jameson distillery tour if weather really turns foul too. There is a lovely place for lunch in Midleton called the Farm Gate which I highly recommend and if all comes to all and you can't put your nose outside the car due to rain, you could book afternoon tea in Castlemartyr sister property to Dromoland.

If you don't fancy heading to Midleton, you could do worse than to browse in Ballyseede garden centre (a child of the parent one of Tralee) http://www.ballyseedy.ie/ Lots of nice bits to be had, from clothing to glassware and a lovely café too!

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5. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

Thank you. Just looked up Barryscourt and it says tours only thru Sept.

We just have a long list of to do items and can't choose. Our child was sick yesterday and we could not go anywhere so we can't do everything on our list.

We have been to Blarney Castle before but we think our child will like it so plan to take her. Unless there is another castle nearby. We really got a late start out of Dublin because she was sick, so on the way from Dub to Cork we had to skip Cashel and Cahir. Tragic? Will we regret? We actually pulled up to Cashel and parked and realized we were running too late to stop. Is Cashel something you can just see from the outside or is a tour necessary? Is it worth driving from Bandon back up to Cashel? We have Mon,tues and Weds , to make a trip to Fota park and visit Cobh, see Blarney, maybe go up to Cashel, maybe get to Garnish Island. ... Wonder if Blarney and Cashel together work for one day of activity. Planning Fota and Cobh together taking one day. Sorry for getting off topic. Thanks for your wisdom.

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If you have a decent day then glengarriff is a nice day trip but will take apprx 1 1/2 hours one way from Cork. There's a nice playground and nature trails in glengarriff as well. I love Fota so good choice there. Glad to hear your little one is feeling better!

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7. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

We went to Garinish Island in June of 2012, and loved all the old stone builldings, walls etc. The gardens were breath-taking -- but I don't know if it also includes fall blooming flowers Also enjoyed the smallish boat ride out to the island, on a beautiful day.

However, once on the island, hours later, wating for our ferry back, the wind made us very, very cold-- and remember, this was in June. We huddled with other people in the plexiglas shelter

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8. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

As far as I recall there was a little tea room where you got the ferry back? And the seals were out in abundance the day we travelled - our children loved that. It's quite a few years ago now but it would have been in July or August and it lashed! We still really enjoyed it though.

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9. Re: Have you been to Garnish Island?

You could head down to Castletownbere and down as far as the cable car at Dursey.

Castletownbere has the ruins of the O'Sullivan Beara castle (read the history of the long march ) and the amazing hotel that was to be in the ruins of Puxley castle, now overgrown with weeds. Any drive down here will be beautiful and uncrowded.

all-ireland.com/attractions/…puxleymanor.htm

www.bearatourism.com/osullivanclan/march.html

irishexaminer.com/analysis/castles-in-the-ai…

http://www.bearatourism.com/peopleplaces.html

Hope your little lass feels better.

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