A Weekend In Glengarrif (child friendly)

A Weekend In Glengarrif (child friendly)

We spent New Years Eve in Glengarrif and we loved it. So much so, I’ve decided to do a blog post on it as I highly recommend a visit. Glengarrif is a very child friendly place, with lots do do but also has a romance about it for those couples looking for a weekend escape. It took us under an hour and a half to drive from Cork City. Not long enough for the kids to chant “are we there yet??”.

We stayed in Glengarrif Park Hotel. The rooms were spacious and clean. The food was delicious and it’s right in the village so everything is within walking distance. We loved the food there so much, we ate in the hotel restaurant on both nights.

Glengarrif is set along side the most stunning coast line. You are spoiled for choice with activities! Let’s start with a free of charge option that the kids will love:

The Blue Pool

The entrance to this beauty is right opposite the Glengarrif Park Hotel. There are public toilets at the start of the walk for anyone in need. As you wander down the path you are met with a stunning dock, into clear water with a pair of swans just chilling out without a care in the world. If you continue your stroll through some woodland you are rewarded with amazing views of the bay and Garnish Island. My boys had the binoculars out searching for seals.

The Bamboo Park 

This is an exotic garden that is a relaxing way to pass an hour or so. There are 30 different specimens of bamboo here surrounded by palms and tropical plants. As you walk through the park and reach the coastline, you are once more rewarded with that spectacular view. Visit their website Here.


We took a drive through stunning coastline to Dursey in search of the famous cable car! Although my small man refused to get on it (one relieved Mama), it was worth the drive to see it in action and the spectacular views surrounding.

What else is there to do? 

Although these were closed for the season during our recent trip, we have visited on a previous occasion and would recommend.

The Ewe Experience 

This place is really unique. It’s an interactive sculpture garden that has to be seen to be believed. No matter where you look as you walk around the grounds, there is something to grab your attention!

Website Here.

Entry Adult €7.50 Child €6

Garnish Island 

Last but not least is Garnish Island. No trip to Glengarrif is complete without the boat trip over to this beautiful island. Keep an eye out on the boat for seal island..

Spend a few hours exploring the wildlife, gardens full of colourful flowers, architecture and pathways. So so beautiful!

Garnish Ferry Details Here.

Entry to Garnish Island €3. More details Here.

So there you have it friends. My quick guide on Glengarrif and my recommendations from my own person experience.

Louise x


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