Glengarriff village on the Beara peninsula, Co. Cork, on the Wild Atlantic Way touring route.
It’s an ideal base for touring Beara, and West Cork, within easy reach of both Bantry and Castletownbere and a short drive over the scenic Caha pass brings you to the charming coastal town of Kenmare.
There are lots of things to do near Garinish island, and we’ve brought together some tips that you can make highlights of your visit to West Cork.
Glengarriff Nature Reserve
Visitors of all ages love exploring the paths and trails which meander through the sheltered glen, where you’ll find one of the best examples of oceanic sessile oak woodland in Ireland.
Climb to enjoy spectacular views across the bay and island from Lady Bantry’s lookout, enjoy a picnic by the stream, or explore at a faster pace with the Glengarriff parkrunners!
Let your imagination run wild in the imaginative Ewe Gardens, where the sloping mountainside above the village is home to fun sculptures and trails that celebrate the richness of our local environment.
This interactive and interpretative sculpture garden in a spectacular waterfall oasis is often called ‘Ireland’s Eden’, and it’s easy to see why!
Glengarriff’s Bamboo Park is an exotic garden that makes the most of our warm micro-climate to grow all kinds of bamboo!
The park features 30 different species of bamboo surrounded by palms and other tropical plants, and its paths and trails through the gardens and along the shoreline give you amazing views across the bay.
Bantry Bay Charters
Take a boat trip on Bantry Bay with Glengarriff-based Bantry Bay Charters! A Sea Safari is a wonderful way to explore the bay and learn about the wildlife you’ll meet along the way, including porpoises, dolphins, Oyster Catchers, curlews, grey herons, egrets, and cormorants.
You can also arrange to go deep sea angling, mackerel fishing and more with the experienced crew.
Kayak with the Seals
Meet our local grey seals when you rent a kayak and explore Adrigole harbour, just a short drive from Glengarriff.
Adrigole’s gentle waters make this a safe place to get out on the water, and you’ll love the views back across a rugged shoreline and Hungry Hill.
Plan your visit to Glengarriff
Visit our local village website for news about what’s on and where to stay, eat, and and have fun in and around Glengarriff.