"Garinish Island - Ilnacullin" Glengarriff by AR76

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Garinish Island (or OileŠn an Chuilinn, 'Ilnacullin', in Irish) is an uninhabited island in Bantry Bay, close to the coastal village of Glengarriff.
The island was initially just a huge piece of rock, but in 1910, the owner of the island decided to turn it into paradise. He shipped tons of topsoil from the mainland to the island and imported flowers, plants, shrubs and trees from all over the world. The result: an exotic and impressive paradise full of colour throughout the year.

Seals in Bantry Bay

The boat ride to Garinish Island takes about 10 minutes and the ticket does not include admission to the island (see below). The view over this part of Bantry Bay is beautiful, and you may even see some seals sunbathing on the rocks.

Opening times & admission

Daily from March - October between 10am-6pm
Adults: EUR3.50
Senior Citizens: EUR2.50
Children/Students: EUR1.25

  • Last visit to Glengarriff: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2004 at 1:46 AM

    Sounds like an interesting island, I have to remember it when going to Ireland!


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