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The Location


  • The Blue Pool Ferry operates from the Blue Pool which is in the centre of Glengarriff Village, next To Quills Woolen Market and across the road from the GlenAran Irish Market/Park Hotel. Click Here For Directions
  • The name Glengarriff comes from "An Gleann Garbh" - the rugged glen - which is derived from the rugged beauty of the mountains and wooded valleys surrounding the village. Magnificent views of the Caha Mountains and the imposing might of the Sugarloaf can be seen from the numerous viewpoints along the roads which hug the coastline or wind along the steep sided valleys.
  • Glengarriff makes an ideal centre for exploring this wild and wonderful area of West Cork. The wild scenery of the Beara Peninsula starts here, and it’s only a short drive to the tranquil peace and beauty of the Lakes of Inchigeela, Gougane Barra and the Borlin Valley.
  • As well as enjoying the garden walks of Garinish Island with its unparalleled views of the bay and the mountains, the visitor can stroll in the forest with its rivers and glades of mature oak, visit the Bamboo Park, or take up the challenge of the more demanding Beara Way walks for the serious hiker.
  • There are a number of excellent B&B’s, hostels, restaurants and bars in the area offering comfortable accommodation and great places to relax, or you might like to enjoy the Edwardian splendour of the Eccles Hotel overlooking Bantry Bay.
  • Sports and leisure facilities are many including a golf club with one of the best views in the world and film star Maureen O’Hara as its President.
  • If you are driving, please take care and drive slowly, the better way to enjoy the scenery.