Located in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork, Garinish is a small island known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world as an island garden of rare beauty.

The gardens of Garinish (also known as Garnish, or Ilnacullin) owe their existence to the creative partnership, some eighty years ago, of Annan and Violet Bryce, then owners of the island, and Harold Peto, acclaimed architect and garden designer. The island is renowned for its richness of plant form and colour, which change continuously with the seasons. Pathways wind around the landscape, leading to a number of fascinating garden buildings, such as the Grecian temple, the clock tower, the casita, and an original Martello Tower. Bryce House, the family residence on the island for many years, is presented as it would have appeared during their lifetime. A selection from their vast collection of important paintings, prints, drawings, and books can be seen on display inside. Garinish Island is operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.

Ellen Hutchins Festival: 19 – 27 August

The third annual Ellen Hutchins Festival will take place in Bantry and the surrounding area during Heritage Week and includes walks with botanists, talks, exhibitions, children’s events.

Monday 21 August – The Ellen Hutchins Pop Up Exhibition on Garnish Island 2pm to 4pm.

A special session at the week-long Ellen Hutchins Festival Exhibition with a pop-up expo of letters, books, documents and photos and Hutchins family members on hand to answer questions. Free event, no booking needed. Normal ferry cost to the island and fee for entry to the garden apply.

Ellen Hutchins Festival Programme 2017 (PDF)


Plan a Visit

Opening hours, location, transport and more.

Learn More

Read about the history of the island.


View highlights of the sculpture collection.

Online Tour

Take an online tour of the island.