Glengarriff

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Glengarriff [1] is a village in County Cork.

One of the oldest tourist destinations in Ireland. Follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth [2], Thackeray [3] and GB Shaw[4] and discover the magic of this natural treasure where sea, river and ancient forest meet.

Get in[edit]

The easiest way to get to Glengarriff is by road. Glengarriff is on the ring of Beara and depending on your starting point you will probably either approach it from Bantry (Coming from the Cork side) or from Kenmare (Coming from the Kerry Side).

The most beautiful way to get to Glengarriff is by sea. Glengarriff Harbour is one of the most spectacular natural harbours in West Cork and has very safe anchorage.

Glengarriff is served by the Cork - Castletownbere bus service, which passes through Bantry.

Get around[edit]

You really need a car to get around the area (although Glengarriff itself is very compact and can easily be walked). There are a number of local taxi and minibus services.

See[edit][add listing]

Italian Garden, Garinish

Ferry's run regularly from the village with ferries operation from the Main pier and the Blue Pool.

The island was originally a military outpost; and a barracks and Martello Tower were built against the threat of a Napoleonic invasion. The island was purchased from the War Office in 1910 by Annan Bryce, who commissioned English architect Harold Peto to design a house and garden. Thousands of tons of topsoil were imported to the then bare, rocky island and shelter belts were planted, creating a micro-climate in which a number of tender plants thrive. The house was never built, and the Casita and Italian garden remain the centrepiece of the gardens. There are also very fine herbaceous borders.

The gardens are now maintained by the Office of Public Works. Open March to October: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:30 Sundays 13:00 - 17:00. April: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:30 Sundays 13:00 - 18:30. May and September: Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:30 Sundays 12:00 - 18:30 June: Monday - Saturday 11:00-18:30 Sundays 11:00-18:30 July and August: Monday - Saturday 09:30 - 18:30 Sundays 11:00 - 18:30. Admission Adult €3.70 Group and Senior Citizen €2.60 Child/Student €1.30 Family €8.70.

Last landing 1 hour before closing. Average Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Please note that the boats are privately operated and levy a separate charge.


  • Glengarriff Nature Reserve. 1000 acres of ancient Irish Oaks.

Do[edit][add listing]

There are regular boat trips to Garinish Island which take you on a tour of the harbour and past a seal colony.

Sea Kayaking is also offered in the bay and is a stunning way to see the islands.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Aran sweaters and shillelaghs (traditional hardwood cudgel associated with Ireland in folklore).

  • Glenaran Irish Market (Irish Sweaters), The Village, Glengarriff, (027) 63488, [5]. 9.00-6.00. Glenaran prides itself on being the Original Irish Woollen Market in Ireland selling 100% Irish made crafts good such as Aran Sweaters and Irish Clothing - http://www.glenaran.com (51.749963,-9.548922) edit

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Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Blue Loo Pub - most famous traditional bar, located at the westernmost end of the main road through the town.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Glengarriff Lodge [6] - Luxury Self Catering Villa located on a private 40 acre woodland estate
  • Rockwood House B&B. Clean,welcoming B&B on the Castletownbere road.35 Euro a single.Enormous Breakfast.Motorcycle friendly.  edit
  • Harringtons pub. Busy sociable pub,cosily lit with good beer.Often with live music.  edit
  • Hawthorn Bar. Only pub in Ireland in which I have been made to feel unwelcome.Landlord gave us a grilling on where we ate and how much we spent then never said another word to us again.Avoid,as there are far better options.  edit


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