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Ilnacullin – Garinish Island

An island garden of rare beauty

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Ilnacullin – Garinish Island

An island garden of rare beauty

See all opening times


Adult: €2.50
Group/Senior: €2.50
Child/Student: €2.50
A seperate charge is imposed by boat operators.

Please Note that there are reduced charges to this site until 2021

Getting here

Co. Cork
P75 X567

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Ilnacullin – Garinish Island

Ilnacullin is an island garden of diminutive size and rare beauty. Nestled in the sheltered coastal harbour at Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, the gardens display a wealth of unique horticultural and architectural gems. Bryce House is a fitting memorial to the visionary creators of this unique place.

The gardens of Ilnacullin owe their existence to the early twentieth-century creative partnership of Annan and Violet Bryce, the island’s owners, and Harold Peto, an architect and garden designer. The area enjoys a mild and humid micro-climate that makes for spectacular and flourishing plant life all year round.

Small ferry boats and 60-seater waterbuses take visitors to Ilnacullin regularly. The short crossing usually includes an extra treat – a visit to the nearby seal colony and an opportunity to glimpse majestic sea eagles.

Opening Times

Open from March –  November

Last landing 1.5  hours (90 Minutes) before closing, but may be subject to tidal flooding from time to time.

Average Length of Visit:  1.5 hours (90 Minutes)

Seasonal Opening Times

March - September

Daily 10:00 – 17:30

October & November

Daily 10:00 – 16:30


Limited access for visitors with disabilities.

Please note that the boat operators impose a separate charge in respect of the boat journey to and from the island.


Co. Cork
P75 X567

027 63040

Getting Here

Located in Glengariff, Bantry. 1.5km boat trip from Glengariff.

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  • Baby Changing
  • Brochure
  • Cafe
  • Guided tours
  • Lift
  • Museum
  • Toilets
  • Walking trails
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


  • Stay back from edge
  • Uneven walkways

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