Glengarriff which means the ‘the rugged glen’ is one of Ireland’s most beautifully situated villages, nestling at the foot of the Caha Mountains on the edge of Bantry Bay. It offers stunning views of both mountain & sea as you wind along roads that kiss the sea and cling to the sides of picturesque valley’s. The Gulf Stream climate has ensured that this area has long been an attraction for travellers with its unique flora and fauna being its main appeal. This appeal is showcased in a number of the attractions that the village has to offer.
Garnish Island in the harbour with its array of ornamental gardens is one of the premier attractions in the South West and the boat trip to the island takes in the largest colony of endearing Harbour Seals on our coastline. Glengarriff Bamboo Park is a recently developed attraction which showcases a worldwide collection of bamboo and palms all in a spectacular shoreside setting. The Ewe Sculpture Garden & Gallery is Ireland’s only interactive sculpture garden. A series of lush hillside gardens with fantastic sculptures in a magical forested setting around waterfalls. The Ewe is particularly popular with families and all ages are captivated by its inventive & imaginative array of exhibits.
Glengarriff Nature Reserve has one of the largest oak forests still intact in Ireland and is home to a great array of flora and wildlife. The walks and trails within the reserve are ideal for all ages and each season brings its own delight and appeal. Two particularly attractive aspects within the park are the Waterfall Walk and Lady Bantry’s Lookout.
Glengarriff is well served with hotels, B&Bs, self catering, hostels and caravan park as well as a good array of restaurants, a number of particularly fine shops, together with a couple of art galleries.