Garinish Island Shuttle
Seals, Eagles, & Garinish Island!

The Garinish Island shuttle departs twice-hourly every day from the Blue Pool dock and tours Glengarriff Harbour past Seal Island, Eagle Point and docks at Garinish Island.

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Blue Pool Ferry Casita, Garinish Island, Glengarriff Seals

Seal Island

Glenngarriff Harbour is home to a large colony of seals, which you'll be able to photograph as we take you past them on the way to Garinish Island.

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Garinish Island

The shuttle docks at Garinish Island, which is world renowned for its gardens and beautiful walks, with some very rare and beautiful plants rare not usually seen in this climate.

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Eagle Point

The White-Tipped Eagle family living in Glengarriff Harbour is a major conservation success story, and if we're lucky, we'll see first-hand their progress on the way to Garinish Island.

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A Garden of Rare Beauty

Garinish Island is home to a garden of rare beauty, that garden lovers from all over the world travel to see. It is located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay in West Cork.

The gardens of Ilnacullin owe their existence to the creative partnership, some seventy years ago, of Annan Bryce, then owner of the island and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. The island was bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953, and was subsequently entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works. Today management of the island is in the hands of the Office of Public Works.

Because of its sheltered situation and the warming oceanic influence of the Gulf Stream the climate is in some respect almost subtropical and is favourable to the growth of ornamental plants from many parts of the world. Ilnacullin is renowned for its richness of plant form and colour, changing continuously with the seasons. The vivid colours of rhododendrons and azaleas reach their peak during May and June, whilst the hundreds of cultivars of climbing plants, herbaceous perennials and choice shrubs dominate the midsummer period from June to August.

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Beautiful place to spend a couple hours

The boat guys that take you too/from are really friendly & helpful. We saw some seals and a large bird of prey on the way. The gardens themselves are stunning and you can get a cup of tea/coffee with some snacks if you want.

joshn157 on TripAdvisor

Beautiful day trip

It’s just a short boat ride to Garinish which is beautiful. Walking around the island is so gorgeous, there are lovely structures and gardens that you could look at for hours. There is also a lovely cafe but you can pack a picnic lunch like we did and sat in one of the gardens it was lovely. It’s a great trip no matter if it’s a family, couple or friends of all ages!

rm0712 on TripAdvisor

Magical island

I cannot fully express how wonderful a trip to Garinish island is, and after coming here for almost 30 years I still find it amazing. As you cross the bay you will pass the seal colonies and it's very common to spot a few seals lounging in the sun.

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