Visit Garnish Island
Take the Blue Pool ferry to West Cork’s idyllic garden island for a fantastic day out on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Just a two-minute stroll from the centre of the picturesque village of Glengarriff, step on board the Blue Pool Ferry for a 15-minute boat trip to Garinish Island.
This magical West Cork island is home to gorgeous gardens set against the dramatic backdrop of Bantry Bay and the Caha mountains. It’s a popular destination for gardeners, walkers, and families looking for a fascinating and fun day outdoors!
The island is open to visitors from March to the end of September, and the Blue Pool Ferry runs twice each hour when the gardens are open. Tickets can be pre-booked online or bought at our kiosk in the village centre, just metres away from our Blue Pool departure point.
Bring your camera to capture the views on your trip. And start looking forward to meeting the wildlife in Glengarriff harbour as we tour past Seal Island and Eagle Point before docking at Garinish Island!
See the famous seals in Glengarriff harbour as we sail to Garinish Island – they’re happy to pose for photos when we pause at Seal Island!
Reflect by the island’s tranquil sunken pool, explore enchanting walled gardens, and take in spectacular views from the Martello tower.
Watch out for white-tailed eagles circling above Glengarriff harbour, thriving here thanks to amazing local conservation efforts.
Escape to a natural haven
Here, nature and imagination, land and sea, tranquillity and vibrant colour, exist in perfect harmony.
A boat trip to the stunning gardens on Garinish Island is a truly unmissable experience!
Explore an island paradise
After your short boat trip, explore the lush gardens on this idyllic West Cork island, where exotic plants including palm trees flourish thanks to the Gulf Stream warmth that shapes Glengarriff’s climate.
- Enjoy the colour, variety, and scents you’ll discover at every turn across the island’s formal gardens and wilder spaces throughout the changing seasons.
- Discover the story of the gardens’ creation, and learn about the lives of people who lived and worked on the island when you tour Bryce House.
- Bring a picnic to enjoy in this garden paradise, or call to the island café to relax with a coffee and a treat before heading back to the mainland after your adventure!
Please note that the ferry trip and admission to Garinish Island are charged separately. Garinish Island and its gardens are managed and cared for on behalf of the State by the Office of Public Works.
The Blue Pool Ferry is registered as a ferryboat provider with Ireland’s Department of the Marine.
We observe all relevant safety regulations. All staff are properly trained, and safety equipment is carried on board.
Book your Garinish Island trip
A boat trip to the gorgeous gardens on Garinish Island is a treat for all the senses and a great way to experience the Wild Atlantic Way!