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Opening Hours 2024


1 April to 30 June     

Daily: 10.00 – 17.30


1 July to 31 August

Daily: 09.30 – 17.30


1 September – 30 September

Daily: 10.00 – 17.30


1 October – 3 November 

Daily: 10.00 – 16.30


Access to the Island is by small ferry boats and licensed sixty-seater water buses only. Please note that the boat operators impose a separate charge in respect of the boat journey to and from the island. Individual ferry companies are not associated with, nor endorsed by, the Office of Public Works.

Ferries run to the Island during the open season. The journey takes ten to fifteen minutes. See up to date timetables and contact details at the following links: Harbour Queen Ferry, Blue Pool Ferry.

Bus times to Glengarriff can be accessed from the Bus Éireann website. There is free parking available in Glengarriff.


Garinish Island is located 1.5km off the coast of Glengariff in Bantry Bay, Co. Cork.


A coffee shop serving light snacks is located at the landing pier. There are toilet facilities nearby, including one for those with special needs.

Parts of the island contain steep steps, and are inaccessible by wheelchair. There is a lift facility inside Bryce House.


Guided Tours

A self-guiding booklet is available for the gardens, and there are also information panels and signage throughout the island. Bryce House is accessible by guided tour only.

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… about the Free Educational Visits to Schools Scheme


The average length of a visit to the island is two hours.

Photography/ Video

Commercial photography on the island requires a licence: contact us for permission. Photography and video are not permitted inside Bryce House.


Once on the island, an admission fee is payable. This includes entry to Bryce House.

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Holders of the Heritage Card gain free admission.
A separate charge is imposed by boat operators.

Also in the Area

Glengarriff Bamboo Park

Distance: 600m.

This is a unique and exotic garden, featuring thirty different species of bamboo, as well as other tropical plants.

The Beara Way

Distance: 700m.

Based on the 1603 march of O’Sullivan Beare, the Beara Way is a long-distance walking route around the peninsula, which passes many historical and archaeological sites en route.

Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Distance: 850m.

The setting of Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve is spectacular, with the woods nestled in the sheltered glen opening out into Glengarriff Harbour.

The Ewe Experience

Distance: 5.3km.

The Ewe is a unique combination of nature and art – and Ireland’s only interactive and interpretative sculpture garden.

Read more about the history of the island before your visit.