Gardens & Nature

Gardens & Nature

Glengarriff is well known as Ireland´s Garden Haven or The Natural Meeting Place. It is the home of some of the finest gardens and the starting point to the great outdoors of West Cork.

Glengarriff is also ideal as a centre for touring the delightful places of West Cork with the Beara Peninsula right on our doorstep, offering some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in Ireland. The Ring of Beara is the route that takes in all of the area through Adrigole, Healy Pass, Lauragh, Eyeries, Allihies, Dursey Island and the fishing port of Castletownbere.

South of Glengarriff lies the bustling town of Bantry and the Dunmanus Peninsula. Tour the area via the Goats Path or take to the countryside on the Sheep’s Head Way. Travel north via the Caha Pass to County Kerry and stop at Kenmare, winner of Ireland’s Tidiest Town Award, with its many restaurants and cafés together with some interesting places to see on the town’s Heritage Trail.

Eastward, to the Lee Valley, can be found Gougane Barra. Imagine a secluded enchanting valley with a lake and island church at the centre of it, all surrounded by steep wooded slopes that seem to rise to the heavens.

At the end of your day’s outing, nothing for it but to return to Glengarriff and make plans for tomorrow!


Garinish Island – world-renowned garden island, see our boating page for ferry details.

Glengarriff Nature Reserve – unique old oak woodland walks – See Walking in Glengarriff brochure for more details.

Blue Pool Park – the public area in the heart of the village. Catch a ferry, have a walk, enjoy the wildlife.

Glengarriff Bamboo Park – fascinating exotic garden with palms, ferns as well as over 100 types of bamboo.

The Ewe – Ireland´s first interactive sculpture garden is just a short drive from the village.

Glengarriff Harbour and the Caha Mountains – offering a wide range of activities.

Glengarriff adventure playground – the children’s choice – situated in the Blue Pool Park.

Enjoy a round of golf – Glengarriff’s 9-hole golf course offers spectacular views of the harbour.

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