Title: Discovering the Beauty of Garnish Island in West Cork

Visiting Garnish Island from Glengariff ? I went on a little solo mission to Garnish Island off the coast of Glengarriff and I was blown away by the beauty there. Coupled with the fact that Cork was experiencing clear blue skies and actual sun, I felt like I was in Italy! Once you step foot on that Island you do feel like you’ve been transported somewhere else (depending on the weather – when it’s raining there, it definitely feels like Ireland!).

If you ask me, Derry city is absolutely worth a visit. A city famous for it’s …. past (and now famous for Derry girls yay!), it is well worth a trip. You can immerse yourself in the deep Irish history as well as visit the tourist sights, enjoy some fantastic restaurants and pubs and of course, visit the Derry Girls sites. If you are looking for some Derry City Things To Do, or you’re simply wondering “How Do you Spend A Day In Derry”, I’ve got you covered!

Is it worth going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London? If you’ve ever dreamt of stepping into the wizarding world, then visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour near London is like the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. If you have any questions on the tour before visiting, I hope to answer them here, and be sure to check out my video on the experience.

Welcome to Derreen Gardens, a hidden gem nestled in the captivating beauty that is the Beara Peninsula in Kerry. The garden is located in Lauragh. With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse plants, and rich history, Derreen Gardens offers visitors a memorable experience. It is actually famous for its rhododendron collection.

I visited the garden recently and I absolutely loved it. With 12km of walking trails through the garden, there is so much beauty to be appreciated and unforgettable views around every corner.

About Derreen Gardens:

Derreen Gardens is a botanical paradise that spans over 60 acres on the Beara Peninsula. As well as 60 acres of exotic plants and rhododendron, there are also 12km of walking trails to wander.

With its origins dating back to the mid-19th century, this STUNNING garden showcases a blend of natural beauty and carefully designed landscapes. The gardens were first created by the Earls of Bantry and have since evolved into a haven for plant enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those seeking a peaceful escape.

How Much is Entry to Derreen Gardens:

To enter the world of Derreen Gardens, there is a fee.

When I visited it was:

  • €9 euro per adult
  • €4 per child
  • €25 euro for family or seasonal ticket

but I would recommend checking the official website or contact the gardens directly for the most up-to-date information. Personally, I found that the entry fee was well worth the experience of exploring the stunning garden and immersing yourself in the surroundings.

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Facilities – Derreen Gardens Kerry 

Derreen Gardens offers plenty of facilities to ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience. Upon arrival, you’ll find a large car park space. The gardens boast well-maintained walking paths, making it accessible for visitors of all ages. Although there are some hills and stairs throughout the paths.

Benches and seating areas are scattered throughout the gardens, providing opportunities to sit back and admire the views. Seriously, take some time to soak in the peaceful ambiance.

Toilet facilities are right beside the cafe. And yes, there is a fab little cafe with outdoor seating.

Additionally, Derreen Gardens welcomes well-behaved dogs on leashes, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the gardens while exploring with their furry companions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Derreen Gardens:

What are the opening hours of Derreen Gardens?

Derreen Gardens is typically open to the public during the spring and summer seasons, with specific opening hours varying from year to year. It is advisable to check the official website or contact the gardens directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding opening times.

Are guided tours available at Derreen Gardens?

No but you do receive a key at the start with a map and information on each tree.

Can Derreen Gardens accommodate wheelchair users or individuals with mobility limitations?

Derreen Gardens features accessible paths and level terrain in most areas, making it possible for wheelchair users and individuals with mobility limitations to enjoy parts of the gardens. However, it’s important to note that some areas may have uneven terrain, inclines and steps and possibly limited accessibility due to the natural landscape of the gardens.

Are picnics allowed in Derreen Gardens?

Yes, visitors are welcome to enjoy a leisurely picnic amidst the serene surroundings of Derreen Gardens. There are several picturesque spots throughout the gardens where visitors can relax, unwind, and indulge in a picnic.

Is there food at Derreen Gardens?

YES. There is a fab little cafe, I tried out two of the cakes and they were DEVINE. Definitely try the Guinness cake!

Are dogs allowed in Derreen Garden? 

Yes, I saw loads of 4-legged friends on this walk. You’re allowed have a dog – but be sure to have a lead.


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