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Natural Parks & Forests
Railway & Transport
From the pier opposite the Eccles Hotel.
Parks & Gardens
Subtropical plants flourish in the rich soil and warm climate of the magical Italianate garden on Garinish Island, with camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons providing a seasonal blaze of colour...
A giant sheep driving a vintage car marks the entrance and sets the tone for these whimsical sculpture gardens...
Glengarriff's mild, frost-free climate allows this small 12-hectare park to flourish. It has a variety of exotic plants, including palm trees and tree ferns, as well as coastal woodland walks.
From a little cove near the centre of the village.
This pub has a prime position at the junction of the N71 and the Beara Rd. Settle into one of the comfy outside benches with a pint.
The 300-hectare ancient woodland lining Glengarriff's glacial valley was owned by the White family of Bantry House in the 18th century...
Bicycles can be hired here.
The milk in the organic latte here is fairtrade – just one example of the green ethos prevalent throughout this very attractive bakery-deli-cafe...
Transportation & Travel Services
Bantry Rural Transport runs a useful series of circular routes to Dunmanway, Durrus, Goleen, Schull, Skibbereen and outlying villages. There’s a set price of €4/6 one-way/return...
This outstanding little restaurant above a fish shop does seafood to perfection, from the live-tank local oysters (served with lemon and tabasco sauce) to Bantry Bay mussels in white wine...
One of the best bars for music, Crowley's has traditional bands on Wednesday nights.
Food & Drink
Along the N21, 5km south of Kenmare, French native Benoit Lorge creates exquisite chocolates at his chocolaterie...
Arts, Culture & Literary
Reached through the tourist office, Kenmare's heritage centre tells the history of the town from its founding as Neidín by the swashbuckling Sir William Petty in 1670...
Funky, comfy Jam offers organic baked goods, picnic joy and elaborate coffees. Veggies can go silly for the lentil and nut loaf.
Draws a cheerful crowd and occasional singalongs.
Rents bikes for €15/85 per day/week.
Traditional fish and chips are the big deal – and almost the only deal – at this spiffy chipper. Dine upstairs or out front.
Boating & Cruises
Warm yourself on tea, coffee, rum and the captain's sea shanties on an entertaining two-hour spotting voyage to see Ireland's biggest seal colony and other marine life; binoculars (and lollipops!) are provided.
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