The small seaside village of Glengarriff, in the south-west of County Cork is situated on a sheltered enclave of Bantry Bay, surrounded by high rugged mountains. Some of the oldest and most extensive oak and birch groves in Ireland are to be found in the nearby national forest that gave Glengarriff its name.
Glengarriff boasts many natural attractions and is a popular stop-off along the touring routes between Bantry and Castletownbere.
One of the principal local attractions for visitors to Glengarriff is Garnish Island - an outstanding garden island world-renowned for its Italian Gardens and its internationally famous collection of plants. The island is only a short 15 minute boat trip from Glengarriff, with views of Seal Island on the way.
While staying in Glengarriff accommodation visitors can enjoy activities such as golf, walking trails, kayaking on the bay and many more. The Glengarriff Nature Reserve has miles of well-marked walking trails to explore the oak forests, streams and mountains of the Glen.
Amenities in Glengarriff include good restaurants, shops, art galleries and pubs - during the tourist season live music is frequently available in the evenings at local pubs.
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