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Glengarriff is a postcard perfect village on the Wild Atlantic Way sitting in a rugged glen between the Caha mountains and the pure Atlantic water of Bantry Bay surrounded by woodland. It is a vibrant place with friendly locals, lively bars and cafés and scenery to die for, making it one of Cork’s most popular holiday destinations.
A short distance off-shore lies the lush, horticultural paradise of Garnish Island (Illnacullin – meaning ‘Island of Holly’) – a unique world of trees, shrubs and gardens that benefit from the mild south westerly air flow. There are regular ferries from the eastern end of the village.
If you have your own transport or are up for an exhilarating walk or cycle then the winding journey up to Barley Lake high above the village is a must too. The views of Bantry Bay, the Beara Peninsula and across to Sheep’s Head from here beggar belief.
On your way back down to the village visit Glengarrif Nature Reserve and try one or two of the short walking trails before heading back to a local restaurant for a delicious, rewarding dinner.
The village is a 1hr 25 min drive from Cork City and Cork Airport via Crookstown. The 236 bus, departing from the city bus station serves Glengarriff via Bandon, Dunmanway, Drimoleague and Bantry taking approx 2 hours. The 236 terminus is Castletownbere.