See & Do
Established in 1970, the Harbour Queen Ferry Service is the longest running ferry company in Glengarriff.
Operating daily from 1 March to October 31 to the world renowned semi-tropical gardens on Garinish Island, the scheduled service departs at 30 minute intervals. The spectacular trip to the Italian gardens on Garinish takes in such sights as Glengarriff Castle and the home of the actress, the late Maureen O’Hara. An extended stop at Seal Island is also included for those who would like to photograph harbour seals in their natural habitat.
Garinish, (the near island), also known as Ilnacullin (island of holly), is an island garden of great beauty, known the world over to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs. The gardens owe their existence to the creative partnership, some 100 years ago, of Annan Bryce, the then owner and Harold Peto, renowned architect and garden designer. The island was bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953, and was subsequently entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works.
The Harbour Queen Ferry Service has commissioned a fleet of custom built ferries to take passengers to Garinish Island in safety and comfort. All the ferries are licensed by the Department of Transport and are inspected annually by the Department of the Marine and have lifejackets for all passengers.
Access to the ferries is via a custom built ramp from the pier and there are special facilities for wheelchairs on board one of the ferries.
Free parking is available for both cars and buses at the pier.
Adults: €12.00 Children: €6.00 Infants: Free
The road winds ahead toward another destination, another adventure. Through rock and rush, from sea to sky, let Beara take you on a voyage of discovery.