About Us

Harbour Queen Team

Harbour Queen Team


Harbour Queen Ferry Services was established in 1970. It is owned and operated by Glengarriff and Garnish Island Boat Services Ltd and is the longest operating ferry company in Glengarriff.

Our fleet of ferries includes 3 purpose built enclosed water buses which are licensed to carry 45, 50 and 56 passengers.

The vessels are fully licensed and inspected annually by the Department of the Marine. Our skippers and crew are all experienced professionals who have had comprehensive safety training courses. The largest vessel in the Fleet “Harbour Queen III” is fully wheelchair accessible.

Operating daily from 1 March to October 31 to the world renowned Garnish Island, situated in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff in Bantry Bay, a personalised service is provided to both private and group parties. Competitive rates are available to larger groups and there are discounts for families, students and OAP’s.

The scheduled service departs 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.

Tours can be tailored to take in the inner reaches of Bantry Bay if desired.