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Gorgeous Glengarrif is nestled on world-renowned Bantry Bay where the mountains meet the sea. A place of unrivalled beauty this scenic corner of West Cork is the gateway to the majestic Beara Peninsula and benefits from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, allowing rare plants and flowers to flourish.


Glengarriff is situated in an area of spectacular beauty, peace and tranquillity on the edge of Bantry Bay at the foot of the Caha Mountains. The warming influence of the Gulf Stream ensures an abundance of rare plants and flowers flourish in this scenic corner of West Cork. As a result, it is no surprise that Glengarriff is considered a gardener’s paradise. Take a ferry boat to Garinish Island or Ilnacullin, places of rare beauty with a blanket of colour provided by the exotic subtropical plants that flourish there. En route to Garnish, experience the excitement of seeing a colony of endearing harbour seals on Seal Island.

Set in a spectacular shore side setting, the Glengarriff Bamboo Park showcases a worldwide collection of bamboo and palms. Fun for all awaits at the Ewe Sculpture Garden, Ireland’s only interactive sculpture garden which is set in a magical forested setting along a spectacular waterfall.

Glengarriff Nature Reserve is situated in a deep rough glacial valley which opens out into the north side of Bantry Bay. Each season brings its own colour and appeal and there are a series of walks and trails signposted throughout. Lady Bantry’s Lookout is well worth the steep climb with panoramic views from the top. Glengarriff Woods is also an ideal spot for a relaxing picnic.

Glengarriff provides the natural starting and end points for the sign posted Beara Way walking route with a variety of looped walks to suit walkers of all abilities to choose from - all showcasing the unspoiled natural beauty of the Beara Peninsula. Glengarriff is also a good base for the Beara Way Cycling Route which generally uses country roads and stays close to the dramatic coastline. Golfers can tee off at the local golf course which affords beautiful sea and mountain views.

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