Welcome to Glengarriff


In the second half of the 19th century, Glengarriff became a popular retreat for prosperous Victorians, who sailed from England to Cork, took the train to Bantry (the line closed in 1961), then crossed over to the village in a paddle steamer. In 1850 the road to Kenmare was blasted through the mountains and a link with Killarney was established, further increasing Glengarriff's popularity.


Top experiences in Glengarriff

Travel guides

Starting at $32.49

Image for

Glengarriff activities

$490.63 Private & Custom Tours

Beara Peninsula and Mizen Head Private Tour from Cork

Heading towards north Cork and not far from the town of Macroom we veer off the main road into the heart of the Lee Valley, our first stop is Gougane Barra national park. Gougane Barra was Ireland’s first national park when it opened to the public in 1966. This contributes greatly to the reputation which Gougane Barra has as an area of wild and beautiful scenery. The magnificent forest park covers an area of over 400 hectares (1,000 acres). The River Lee rises here in Gougane Barra and flows through beautiful scenery to reach Cork Harbour after a distance of approximately 50 kilometres. There is a tiny island in the lake at Gougane Barra connected to the shore by a causeway. It was here that St. Finbarr, patron saint of Cork, founded his early Christian monastery. He later moved down the River Lee to establish a monastery at what is now St. Finbarr’s Cathedral in Cork City. There is a small church on the island in this beautiful and serene location away from the hustle & bustle of daily life. From here we head for Glengarriff, this has been a famous holiday destination since the 1700’s and boomed in the Victorian times as an important stop along the ‘Prince of Wales Route’. Today Glengarriff attracts visitors from all over the world. The population of Glengarriff is just 800 people and it expands significantly in size during the summer months. Glengarriff with its unrivalled beauty and its peace and tranquillity, invites you to sit back, relax and take in the very special ambience of the place. From here we head to Bantry a fishing port and busy town in west Cork which takes advantage of the Gulf Stream that plays a significant part in its mild climate. With its abundance of tropical shrubs Bantry has a very unusual appearance as opposed to the typical Irish scenery. On then to the Mizen Head visitor centre nestled high up in the Cliff face with some of the most beautiful scenery Ireland has to offer. With the Atlantic Ocean at your side, we can visit ‘Teardrop’ point the last sight the Irish emigrants would have seen sailing to America. Then we would call to Clonakilty on the way back, a colourful town in west Cork and the birth place of Michael Collins, there is a museum in the town celebrating Michael’s life. It’s a busy day that takes in a bit of everything and all that is great about Ireland.

$520.60 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of The Beara Peninsula

You will be collected from your accommodation in County Kerry at 9.00am (flexible) and travel directly to Kenmare, the gateway to the Beara peninsula, in a luxury air-conditioned 9 seater minibus.Kenmare is a bustling small market town where local craft workers have been selling their products such as Kenmare lace for centuries.From Kenmare we travel to historic Bonane, a small village which was first settled more than 6,000 years ago. Here we visit Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, where you can see how life was lived before electricity was introduced. You can still enjoy the comfort of a welcome coffee and home baking, however.From Bonane we head through the Caha Pass tunnels into County Cork and the beautiful village of Glengarriff, home for many years to the actress Maureen O’Hara.Hugging the coastline of the peninsula, we travel along the Wild Atlantic Way towards the fishing port of Castletownbere, where you will find a variety of cafes and restaurants serving the catch of the day.On the way we pass the lovely village of Adrigole, overlooked by the imposing Hungry Hill rising to more than 2,000 feet.More unique attractions await beyond Castletownbere, where the only cable car in Ireland links the mainland with the sparsely populated Dursey Island.One of the cherished treasures of the Beara Peninsula is the colourful village of Allihies, against an amphitheatre of mountains as a backdrop. It is believed that the four mythological Children of Lir are buried here. Just outside the village is the beautiful Ballydonegan beach, the only beach in Ireland made from crushed stone.Returning back to your Kerry base, you will pass through a chain of village gems, including Eyeries, Ardgroom and the beautifully situated little village of Lauragh. There will be plenty of rest stops and photo opportunities, so don’t forget the camera…

Glengarriff in detail