Glengariff or 'An Gleann Garbh'(the rugged glen) is north of Bantry town on the N11 road. The town is between the hills and Glengarriff harbour.

In Glengarriff there is a local famous hotel called Eccles hotel, and has had some very distinguished guests including Queen Victoria and George Bernard Shaw.

These days Glengarriff has dedicated itself towards the tourist trade. There are plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants in the town centre.

Along the coastal roads, there are many viewpoints with spectacular views of the Caha mountains and the Bulk of Sugarloaf.

The visitor will find many walks in this area with forest pathways, and also hill walks for the more enthusiastic walkers. While crossing the bay, you will have more views of the mainland.

While visiting Glengarriff many people make sure they have time to visit the famous Garnish island (the near island) or Ilnacullin (island of holly) as it was known.

This garden island is a place of outstanding beauty and is one of the major tourist attractions in Ireland. It's famous for it's Italian gardens and plants.Garnish Island Visiting times:

Garnish island from March to October. It is closed from Novenber to February exept for special occasions.

Garnish island is accessable by privately operated boats and there is a fee for this service. On arrival at Garnish island there is also an admission charge payable to the office of public works.



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