The Blue Pool Ferry
The Blue Pool Ferry Company runs a comfortable and safe passenger boat service to and from Garinish Island, or Illnacullin as it is also known, for the full length of the tourist season. Operating a ferry service leaving the Blue Pool approximately every 30 minutes, the boat trip takes about 15 minutes one way to Garnish Island. The crossing allows a unique perspective of the beautiful sheltered harbour and the surrounding landscapes and also the chance to observe and photograph the seals in their natural habitat.
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 and Glengarriff Park Hotel. The Blue Pool itself, which is where you will board the ferry, is set in an area of woodland with a labyrinth of walks and picnic points by the water’s edge.
Blue Pool Ferry, The Blue Pool, Glengarriff, Co Cork, Ireland.
Tel: (+353) 027 63333
Mobile: (+353) 086 6013218
The Harbour Queen Ferry
The Harbour Queen Ferry Services was established in 1970 and is the longest operating ferry company in Glengarriff with a fleet of 3 purpose built enclosed water buses. Operating daily from 1st March to October 31st to the world renowned Garnish Island, situated in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, a personalised service is also provided to both private and group parties.
The trips depart at 30 minute intervals, however special times can be arranged for coach groups of private parties. The spectacular trip to the Italian gardens at Garnish Island takes in such sights as Glengarriff Castle and the home of actress Maureen O’Hara. An extended stop at Seal Island is also included in the trip as an extra bonus for those who would like to photograph these mammals in their natural habitat.
Ellen’s Rock Boat Service
Ellen’s Rock Boat Service is a licenced boat service running trips to Garnish Island from a small pier at Ellen’s Rock about a mile outside the village on the Castletownbere Road. Kevin the boatman will take you the short distance to Garinish Island with it’s Italian gardens and if you wish, take you for a trip around the island and amongst the seal colony so you get up close and talk to them.
Ellen’s Rock, 2 km from Glengarriff on the Castletownbere Road
Contact Kevin O’Sullivan on (+353) 027 63110