Garnish Island Ferry

Habour Queen

Visit the wonderful Gardens of Ilnacullin on Garnish (Garinish) Island aboard one of our fully licensed ferries. The Harbour Queen Ferries provides a regular service to the island.

Ferries depart from Glengarriff Pier every 30 minutes (Quarter Past and Quarter to the Hour) during the season (April 1 – October 31).


Garinish Island will reopen on Friday 30th April initially for weekends until further information of restrictions is available.

Opening Dates and Times 

Friday 30th April, Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd May open from 9:45am to 3:45pm with boats leaving the pier every 30 minutes
Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May
open from 9:45am to 3:45pm with boats leaving the pier every 30 minutes
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May
open from 9:45am to 3:45pm with boats leaving the pier every 30 minutes
What happens after the 16th May will depend on what restrictions are in place but we will update everyone as soon as possible.  at 9:45am.

The Martello Tower will be closed as will The Bryce House. Time on Garinish Island will be limited to 90 minutes per visit due to Social Distancing Restrictions.

We leave The Pier every half hour from 9:45am to 3:45pm with the last pickup from the Island at 5:30pm.

We do not have a pre-booking system in place.

Tickets are available from our Ticket Office from 9:30am daily.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further updates:

Our fleet of ferries are purpose built enclosed waterbuses which will whisk you to the island in safety and comfort.

Garnish Island has got to be seen to be believed. This unique Island plays host to a multitude of plant variations, and the blanket of Summer colouring which covers the Island creates a rainbow of colour. The Island has a wonderful history and its unusual micro climate allows a range of exotic subtropical plant species to flourish. There are a number of walks and interesting buildings on the Island Read more…

There is a restaurant on the Island which serves light lunches and general refreshments.

On route to the Island you will enjoy the magnificent views of the bay and also visit Seal Island with its colony of harbour seals. The seals are very photogenic and are happy to pose for photos! Read more…

Free Parking

There is free parking available for both cars and buses.

Wheelchair Access

Access to the ferries is via a custom built ramp from the pier which means it’s very safe and easy to board any of our ferries. We also have special facilities for wheelchairs on board one of our ferries so please ask.

Licensed Ferries

Glengarriff Harbour is one of the most sheltered bays in Ireland and the trip to the Island is very calm (in fact a crossing has never been cancelled due to bad weather). Nevertheless Safety is a paramount and all our vessels are fully licensed by the Department of the Marine. Our experienced and professional crew are fully trained in safety procedures. All ferries carry life jackets and safety equipment. Read more…

Other Services

Fishing trips can be organised in Glengarriff Harbour & Bantry Bay where there is an abundance of fish including Mackeral, Pollack, Skate, Dogfish and many others.

Harbour Queen Services can vary their tours in the inner areas of Bantry Bay making the real beauties of one of the worlds most magnificent natural harbours open to everyone, both young and old. There is ample fishing opportunity in the area, but fishing from Garnish Island is prohibited. We can provide local knowledge and specialised itineraries to ensure you maximise your fishing experience while in the South West Region.


We can accommodate dogs on the ferry as long as they are on a leash and well behaved.

Local Accommodation and Attractions

There are many Hostels, Hotels, Self-Catering Units and Bed & Breakfasts in the region and the weary traveller will be spoilt for choice especially during quiet periods. However, this area of the country can get very busy, very quickly during warm weather and so it is advisable to always book ahead. As a general guideline Bed & Breakfast rates start from around IR €35 per person.

Coupled with the breathtaking scenery there are a vast number of other activities to partake in even for the most discerning traveller. These include Golf, Shooting, Hill Walking, Forrests, Adventure & Sport Centres, Painting Schools, Museums, Art Galleries, Heritage Centres & Distilleries to name but a few.

One thing the traveller should know about West Cork…..while it may be relaxing, soothing, and stress free it is never, ever boring or dull.

Combined with the beautiful scenery, the many activities, and the traditional Irish pubs you have the Irish People with stories and truths that you’ve never heard before and will never forget again. Join us for the relaxation of a different kind, one that can’t be bought.

Note: Garinish Island has no credit card facilities so cash is required for Entry Ticket and in the Cafe. There is an atm located in the petrol station across the road from the pier.