Glengarriff Things to do

Silent Sound

Monday, July 11th, 2011

An exhibition by artist Siobhan McDonald

A new body of work inspired by a journey to Iceland to study Eyafjallajokull. The volcanic landscapes exude a feeling of other-worldliness and much of the imagery has deep time geological references with remote unpopulated environments.

See it at the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Glengarriff
14th July – 10th August 2011

Linda Shevlin Exhibition

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The Hammond Gallery has a new and exciting exhibition – Relics by artist Linda Shevlin.

This work is an exploration of the relationship between built and natural environments.

Visit to preview the work…

The exhibition runs from July 30th to Aug 18th
027 63812

Blue Pool Glengarriff

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

The Blue Pool is a magical harbour hidden in the middle of Glengarriff. Pedestrian access to the blue pool is beside Quills in the centre of the village. The blue pool is formed where the river meets the sea, a wonderful rocky inlet which is surrounded by lush vegetation. There are a number of beautiful walks through the woods with views of the harbour that are well worth exploring…

The Blue Pool Glengarriff

The Blue Pool Glengarriff

The Blue Pool Ferry runs from this harbour to Garnish Island

Turners Tunnels

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Turners Tunnels

Turners Tunnels

Turners Tunnels on the the N71 are a series of beautiful hand hewn rock tunnels. The main tunnel is pictured above and is on the Cork-Kerry border. On the Kerry side the main tunnel is followed by three more mini-tunnels, a set of twin tunnels and a final short tunnel.

As you approach Glengarriff from the Kenmare side the main tunnel dramatically frames the entry into the county of Cork. The vista that unfolds before you on the Glengarriff side is stunning with a view of Barley Lake and Bantry Bay.

The Bay Run

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The Bay Run is an annual event – a spectacular half marathon from Glengarriff to Bantry along the beautiful Bantry Bay.

Registration is now open for Bay Run 10 on May 2nd 2010 so sign up early to avail of the discount.

Tel: 086 041 1110

Barley Lake

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Barley Lake

Barley Lake

Barley Lake is a glacial corrie lake just outside Glengarriff. It is well worth a visit and can be accessed by road or as an exhilarating walk!

Directions – Take the Kenmare road out of Glengarriff Village and the turn for Barley lake is signposted (left) just about a mile up the road.

Garnish Island

Friday, June 5th, 2009

A visit to Garnish Island is a must for anyone visiting Glengarriff. It’s one of the genuine hidden treasures of West Cork.

Garnish Island (Confusingly officially called Ilnacullin) is just a short boat trip from the village. The voyage is short, scenic and suitable for all (the route to the islands are protected from the sea and the trip is generally flat calm).

It’s a lovely destination on a sunny afternoon, with a beautiful Italian garden and a selection of tranquil walks. The Island is apporximately 15 hectares and was originally designed by Harold Peto for its owner Annan Brice. The Island was bequeathed to the Irish State in 1953 by Roland Brice and is now maintained by the OPW. There’s a good example of a Martello Tower on the South side of the island with a wonderful view over Bantry Bay.

There is a cafe on the Island for tea coffees and light snacks.

Ferries run from The Pier and The Blue Pool with a smaller boat running from Ellen’s Rock

Glengarriff Nature Reserve

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve is a wonderful place for a walk. The reserve is managed by the The National Parks and Wildlife Service, who do a great job of maintaining the walks and managing the woodland.

The Nature Reserve covers some 300ha and form one of the best examples of oceanic sessile oak woodland in Ireland, being rated second only in importance to the Killarney oakwoods. The Nature Reserve is part of the much larger Glengarriff Harbour & Woodlands Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

At one time the woods were part of Lord Bantry’s estate, but they were handed over to the State in 1955 for forestry purposes. However in 1991, the woods were designated as a Nature Reserve and the woodland is now owned and managed by NPWS primarily for conservation and amenity purposes.

Tel: 027 63636

Charity Day Tea Party

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Ewe Scupture Gallery

The Ewe Scupture Gallery

The Ewe is hosting a chartity day tea party in aid of Bantry Hospice on Sat 13th June from 12-5pm. All Welcome to this fun event…

Tel: 027 63840

Edge Adventure

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Looking for Adventure Sports in the area? Tadgh Boyden of Edge Adventure is a qualified instructor in a number of adventure disciplines and offers adventure for all levels from begginer to expert. The range includes sea kayaking, river kayaking, rock climbing and hill walking. Discounts are available for groups…

Tel: 087 7924841