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BANTRY CRUISE SHIP SPECIAL

On Leaving the ship we travel around Bantry bay and through the pretty town of Glengarriff where the movie star Maureen O'Hara spent many years indulging her passion for golf and becoming very much part of the local community passing through we take the road to kenmare giving us a few options along the way as we enter the county of Kerry dropping down the Tunnel road into the valley of Bonane and onto the market town of kenmare to visit the stone circle and do a little shopping. On leaving Kenmare we turn back towards country cork via one of the most beautiful scenic drives in Ireland the Healy Pass 

 

Our last stop of the day stop of the day is the beautiful Garinish Island the short ferry ride to the Island is well worth taking and if your lucky you may see the seals that populate the nearby Seal Island  

Garinish Island or Ilnacullin (Holly Island)is an island of 15 hectares in Glengarriff Harbour and it is an island garden of rare beauty known to horticulturists and lovers of trees and shrubs all around the world.

The gardens of Ilnacullin owe their existence to the creative partnership, some 70 years ago, of Annan Bryce, then owner of the island and Harold Peto, architect and garden designer. Once a coniferous shelter belts had been established, it was possible to implement Peto’s designs to create the distinctive gardens of Ilnacullin. After the death of Annan Bryce in 1923, the development of the gardens was continued by his widow, Violet. In 1932, their son, Rowland Bryce, took over this work, continuing to add interesting plants from many parts of the world. He was ably assisted by Murdo Mackenzie, an outstanding Scottish gardener. On the death of Rowland Bryce in 1953, the island was bequeathed to the Irish people and entrusted to the care of the Commissioners of Public Works. Murdo Mackenzie remained in charge of the garden when it passed into public ownership until his retirement in 1971. Today, management of the island is in the hands of the Office of Public Works.