Visitor Information 2021
Garinish Island open daily from 1 October
Limited opening of Bryce House for escorted visit. Numbers restricted.
Opening times: 10:00 and last landing 15:30
Harbour Queen Ferry landings – on the hour & half past.
Blue Pool Ferry landings – quarter past & quarter to the hour.
Maximum numbers per landing is 25 passengers.
Duration of visit – 1.5 hours approx.
Suitable footwear is advised as the terrain is uneven in locations and please note that there are some steep inclines.
Unfortunately, we can accept cash only for purchase of booklet/leaflet.
Please social distancing when you arrive on pier. A guide is there to assist.
Please use hand sanitiser on arrival and exit of island.
Guide will direct you to start of trail and the island facilities.
There is a one-way system through the gardens, which does include steps and uneven terrain, and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues or buggies.
There is a queueing system at end of visit. Please note name of your ferry company and departure time before disembarking.
Stay safe and we hope you enjoy your visit and thank you in advance for your patience.
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.
Please note that credit cards are not accepted on the island.
Garinish Island is extremely busy at the moment and visitors may experience considerable delays. This is more pronounced at weekends and on sunny days. For a more enhanced visit we would suggest visiting outside those days. Give consideration to week days and also the shoulder season. Garinish is a place of exceptional beauty in all weathers.