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.
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.
Blue Pool Ferry
Garinish Island Ferry Company
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.
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.
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.