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Glengariff Ireland Cruise Port Guide


As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore.

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Glengarriff (Gleann Garbh in Irish, meaning "Rough glen") is a village of approximately 800 people in the south-west region of County Cork, Ireland. Known internationally as a tourism venue, it boasts many natural attractions. It sits at the northern head of Glengarriff Bay, a smaller enclave of Bantry Bay.

Tours Excursions Transportation:

Glengarriff, set against the Caha Mountains at the head of Bantry Bay retains an ‘olde world charm' and offers excursion opportunities to County Kerry and the Beara Peninsula. Cruise organized excursions are probably your best bet as public transportation is too infrequent

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Glengarriff's is positioned on a sheltered bay surrounded by high mountains. Notable among local attractions is the island garden of Ilnacullin. The old round Martello tower offers a broad view of the surrounding area, and was built to guard against a threatened Napoleonic invasion.

The nearby national forest (the glen that gave Glengarriff it's name) contains some of the oldest and most extensive oak and birch groves left in Ireland. A short but steep trail leads up to Lady Bantry's Lookout, offering a vista of Bantry Bay and the west Cork area.

Also present is the more recently developed Bamboo Park behind Toad Hall. Walking trails in the area are extensive, kayaking on the bay is regularly scheduled, and live music is frequently available in the evenings at local pubs, particularly during the tourist season. Glengarriff also offers shops, art galleries, pubs, restaurants & other services.

Garnish Island is a beautiful spot to take a boat across to, it has some really beautiful exotic plants.

Shopping and Food


The Republic of Ireland is part of the Eurozone, so as in many other European Union countries the currency here is the Euro (symbol: €). Stand Alone Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available in every city and town in the country and credit cards are accepted in 90% of outlets. Fees are not generally charged by Irish ATMs (but beware that your bank may charge a fee).

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English is spoken everywhere but Irish (Gaeilge) is the first official language.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Offices: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Shops: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, until 8pm on Thursday; Saturday: 9am to 6pm; Sunday: Limited Hours Pubs: 10.30am to 11.30pm, Monday to Thursday. Closing is at 12.30am Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, 12.30 to 11.30pm. Pubs are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

January 1 - New Year's Day March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Good Friday (Not a statutory holiday) Easter Monday May 1 - May Day First Monday in June - Bank Holiday First Monday in August - Bank Holiday Last Monday in October - Bank Holiday December 25 - Christmas Day December 26 - St. Stephen's Day

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