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Garnish Island

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Nestled off the Glengarriff harbour, Garnish Island is part of Bantry Bay in the south of Ireland. It is a popular attraction that is only open to visitors from April to October.

This place is renowned among horticulturists for its beautiful gardens. They were created nearly 100 years ago by Annan and Violet Bryce, then the owners of the island, and Harold Peto, an acclaimed designer.

Garnish Island boasts lush plants, with plentiful of colour that changes along the seasons. You could also climb the island’s Martello tower for a stunning view of the surrounding bay.

As there are two places called Garnish in Ireland, the government uses the name Ilnacullin to distinguish this place from the other Garnish in County Kerry.

Ferries run to the island from Glengarriff during the open season, and the journey takes between 10-15 minutes. If you’re lucky you may spot seals from the colony near the island.

Once on the island, an admission fee is payable. This includes entry to Bryce House. As the ferries are not affiliated to the island, there is a separate fee to catch a boat to the island.

Please note that card payments are not accepted on the island.

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