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Located at the edge of Bantry Bay, at the meeting point of the sea and the mountains, Glengarriff is the gateway to the Beara Peninsula, linking the towns of Bantry and Kenmare. It has a well-deserved reputation for great shops, galleries, accommodation, restaurants, and pubs.
In 1910, John Annan Bryce acquired Garinish Island, and, aided by acclaimed English architect and garden designer, Harold Peto, he began the development of a world-famous garden of exceptional beauty. Annan Bryce and his wife, Violet, were proved right in their belief that the island’s sheltered situation and the warming effect of the Gulf Stream would encourage a wide range of oriental and southern hemisphere plants to flourish in the almost subtropical climate.
Set beside a waterfall, the Ewe Sculpture Garden is Ireland’s only interactive sculpture garden. It is designed to encompass four contrasting, mountainside sections: Falling Water Garden, Timeless Glen, Environmental Forest, and Valley of Eden. As well as fun for all ages, the sculpture walk offers information about local plants, animals, natural history, and the environment.
The mild climate of Glengarriff supports the cultivation of a wide range of subtropical plants, which you will discover when you visit the Bamboo Park. Home to some 30 different species of bamboo, as well as palms and other tropical plants, the park offers a wealth of idyllic paths and stunning views. You’ll find it on the coastal road from Bantry to Kenmare N 71 in Glengarriff.
The 300-hectare Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve is predominantly old oak woodland sheltered by a glen that opens out into Glengarriff Harbour. The Nature Reserve belongs to the much larger Glengarriff Harbour & Woodlands Special Area of Conservation and was once part of Lord Bantry’s estate. Only Killarney National Park has an oak wood of greater significance in Ireland.
Walkers of all levels love Glengarriff. In one spot, you can discover incredible views of the sea sea, rivers,lakes, forest, bog, and mountain, with treks to challenge and satisfy any walker. A booklet called “Walking in Glengarriff” is available locally.
With water on virtually every side, it is no wonder that Glengarriff is a great place for messing about in boats. Take a pleasure boat cruise to Garinish Island, or choose to go kayaking or sailing. Boat trips to nearby Garinish Island operate from the centre of Glengarriff.
Drive 31km from Glengarriff to Gougane Barra, where the river Lee has its source. Here you will find an idyllic spot backed on three sides by mountains and opening up to the River Valley on the fourth. Gougane Barra is famous for the monastery founded by St. Finbarr, Patron Saint of Cork.
Glengarriff Golf Club’s 9-hole course offers spectacular views, with the panorama from the fifth tee being exceptionally beautiful. A path between the second and third holes is part of the historic ancient road between Adrigole and Bantry that also emerges by the trees extending across the course near the eighth and ninth holes. The clubhouse was opened in 1989 by the club’s honorary president, Maureen O’Hara.
Glengarriff is also an ideal base for touring the Ring of Beara, a circuit of the peninsula that encompasses a ruggedly beautiful area of towering mountains and craggy coastline. It passes through Adrigole, Healy Pass, Lauragh, Eyeries, Allihies, Dursey Island and the fishing port of Castletownbere. Castletownbere, the principal town, boasts the second largest natural harbour in the world.
It’s worth the 18km detour along the Beara Peninsula to visit Adrigole, backed by the towering Hungry Hill to the north and facing south into Bantry Bay. A haven for hill walking and cycling, Adrigole is also home to the tallest waterfall in Ireland and a sailing centre.
13.5km from Glengarriff
Ballylickey makes an excellent base for exploring West Cork. Situated at the very heart of the magnificent Bantry Bay, it is midway between Bantry Town and Glengarriff. Each holiday rental has three bedrooms and can accommodate up to six people with ease. The properties are comfortable and ideal for a relaxing vacation in West Cork, a place of stunning scenery, unspoilt surroundings, and warm welcomes.
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5.9km from Glengarriff
Enjoy the beauty of Glengarriff on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork from one of these newly approved properties. Beautifully furnished throughout, they feature grounds with stunning views of the harbour and the surrounding countryside. The Beara Peninsula offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland with a range of activities to choose from.
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Commanding breathtaking views of Garnish Island and the Atlantic Ocean, this superb self catering property is located near the charming West Cork village of Glengarriff. This is the ideal destination for that special family holiday. Glengarriff is a perfect touring base for the Beara Peninsula.
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7.1km from Glengarriff
Holiday homes don't get lovelier than this natural stone house set among over two acres of private woodland near the village of Glengarriff, County Cork. The holiday home is bordered by a stream and overlooks the sea and Garnish Island, ensuring delightful views.
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