The warm sunny weather seems like a distant memory now with the air chilly, damp and misty.  Glengarriff was a very sheltered location up in Bantry Bay.  The green rolling hills from the south coast replaced by rock and foliage showcasing deep greens and purples.


A couple of hundred meters in the dingy through the seals on the rocks from where Red Roo was on a mooring buoy took us to Garinish Island (Ilnacullin).

Garinish is world renowned for its gardens which are laid out in beautiful walks and it has some stunning specimen plants which are rare in this climate.

Arriving on the boat ramp of Garinish Island

The Gardens are the result of the creative partnership of Annan Bryce and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer  planted over 100 years ago. The island was bequeathed to the Irish people in 1953, and was subsequently entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works. The Island also boasts a Martello tower on its southern shores which has been restored.

On the way back out of Glengarriff we spotted this gem of a house on the exposed hills of the ocean – how magnificent would it be to live here!  There ocean view would be fantastic, but I think the view looking to them is better (imagine what it would be like on a clear day!)

House with a view

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