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“Nice garden, ”
Review of Garnish Island

Garnish Island
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US$81.38*
and up
Ring of Beara Day Tour from Killarney
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Glengarriff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

My self and my family recently went out to garnish Island, the island is lovely and has some of the nicest gardens I have ever seen, the view from the Martello tower was outstanding was a wonderful experience,

We came over to the island on the harbour queen ferry, the place looked very unorganised when we went down there was old pallets down the pier and not very tidy, we were rushed out of our car to get on the ferry which were told was leaving straight away but did not leave for another 10 minutes, the man in the office said he was going to give us a very good family rate only charging the kids half price, for 2 adults and 2 children age 10 and 6 we paid €36 which I though was a bit dear considering it was only a 15 minute boat journey,

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

The island is truly unique and amazing and is run by the OPW. It may not be instantly understood that this is a place the defies Irish climate and is home to tropical plants that would require a greenhouse elsewhere in the country.
If you are not a lover of flora it is still spectacular to walk around and admire. There are well laid our paths although some are steep; they lead to the Italian Gardens which mesmerise and must have taken some work to achieve over 100 years ago; then there's a walled garden; Jungle; viewing points and Martello Tower - if you climb to the top - sit on the closed over chimney and speak! Go on just try it!!!
If you do know your flora, you'll be in a weird, wonderful, paradise where plant have a two year growth in one.

Entry to the gardens is €10 which you pay on the island however the only way onto the island is by ferry which you pay direct for.

I suggest you check prices as the ferries that run direct from the main street are a little more expensive than one on the edge of the town.
Aug 2014 Harbour Queen €36 (family ticket); Blue Pool €30 (2 Ad 2 Ch under 16)

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The Italian gardens are well worth a visit. We spent an enjoyable morning walking around the garden and our children 5 and 7 enjoyed themselves running around the lovely lawn area. What we didn't enjoy was why we paid so much on the boat. On recommendation from other users of trip advisor we went to the pier at Glengariff to get the harbour queen boats, the trip was fine and the children loved seeing the seals. We were rushed onto the boat in the morning and we didn't realise until it was too late that we had paid an extra 11euros for a family of 4 in comparison to the blue pool boat company in the centre of the village. We were actually charged extra per person and charged for our 5 year old son who would have been free on the blue pool boats. I would suggest that people checked out the prices of these 2 companies and make sure they asked the price of the harbour queen boats before they travel as they do not display their tariffs.

2  Thank judith p
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

Really interesting and picturesque. Brought another family and six kids. The kids could go their own way with Wilkie talkies and had a ball

1  Thank douglasnh
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We took at book trip from outside Glengariff, just the two of us with the boatman. He showed us the seal colony, which was Ok but not special. Then a little further the White-Tailed Fish Eagle eyrie and one of the adults. Truly magical.
The island garden is just wonderful, and the Italian garden in particular is one of the truly beautiful man-made places in the world. Seen as we saw it, in brilliant summer weather, it cannot be bettered.

1  Thank InningsUk
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