Our Garinish Island ferry departs twice each hour every day from the Blue Pool dock in the heart of Glengarriff village.
On our way to and from the island, we tour Glengarriff Harbour and sail past Seal Island and Eagle Point before landing at Garinish Island. There you’ll find the garden paradise designed by Annan Bryce, which makes breathtaking use of the island’s terrain and Glengarriff’s Gulf Coast climate.
Ferry Ticket Prices
|Children under 16||€7.50|
|Family (rates available at kiosk)|
First departure, 9:45am, 7 days a week, 1 March to 31 October.
Is access to Garinish island included in the ferry price?
No – there is a separate fee for access to the island charged by the Office of Public Works. Access to the island gardens currently has the following OPW charges: Adult: €5.00. Group/Senior: €4.00. Child/Student: €3.00. Family: €13.0, payable on arrival. Holders of the Heritage Card gain free admission. Please note that credit cards are not accepted on the island.
When is the last ferry each day?
The last landing on the island is at 15:30pm April to September, and 15:30pm in October. Our last ferry to the island leaves the Blue Pool 15 minutes in advance of that time.
The last ferry leaves Garinish Island at 5.15pm, and we make sure we have enough capacity to bring back everybody who is there at that time!
Is the ferry accessible?
We are happy to accommodate wheelchairs, pushchairs, and other mobility aids.
Is Garinish Island accessible?
Many areas of the island, including the lovely walled garden and the Italian garden are accessible to wheelchair users, people travelling with pushchairs, and people with mobility issues.
The terrain across the island includes a mixture of grass, gravel, and concrete paths. However, some parts of the island feature steep steps up to viewing points and it is not possible to provide access to those areas.
As the island terrain is uneven in place, it is a good idea to wear sturdy shoes, and you should also bring a rainproof jacket with you in case of rain or windy conditions.
Are dogs welcome on the island?
Dogs are welcome on the Garinish Island Ferry. The gardens on Garinish Island are pet-friendly, but dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Accessibility dogs and pets are welcome at Bryce House, as well as in the gardens and café. Water for visiting dogs is available at the café close to your arrival point.
Can I bring a bike to Garinish Island?
While the other West Cork islands are great places to go cycling, the gardens on Garinish Island are not a suitable environment for bikes. Cycle parking is available in the village.
Places to stay near Garinish Island
For information on things to do and places to stay in Glengarriff, see our community’s Glengarriff village website!
It shares tips about great food, events, and activities you’ll find here on the West Cork coastline, between the mountains and the sea.