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.
Tours To Garinish Island
Garinish Island Reviews
Great place if you love nature, whenever you travel just make sure the sun is shining beautiful alltogether more »
Took the ferry from The Blue Pool and saw seals and eagles nest on the way to Illnaculinn / Garinish Island. Loved the renovated cottage, tour guide was very nice. Plants and settings amazing. Coffee.... more »
Heaven looks like this beautiful Island
Enjoyed the boat trip, the seals in the harbour. And the beautiful gardens. A lovely day out
Places to stay near Garinish Island
Plan your trip to Glengarriff
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Glengarriff
Side trips from Glengarriff
Hidden gems in Glengarriff
Plans to Garinish Island by other users
8 days in West Cork BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Kenmare BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Kenmare BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Glengarriff BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Skibbereen BY A USER FROM IRELAND March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in West Cork BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium