Houses & Gardens

There is plenty on offer for garden enthusiasts and those wishing to enjoy the natural environment, from stately gardens, nature reserves, forest parks and community gardens to explore.  Many gardens in the area are also part of the West Cork Garden Trail. This is the perfect base to enjoy the spectacular gardens which extend all over the West Cork region.

Kilravock Garden, Durrus

Shaped like an ice-cream cone and situated directly by the sea with extensive views over Dunmanus Bay, Kilravock Garden (1.7acres) is a moody Robinsonian-style coastal garden featuring a very large range of exotic shrubs and trees and selected native products that thrive in the relatively mild microclimate there. A vast number of plants from all over the globe are to be found in different, contrasting zones, for example the Mediterranean Garden, the Woodlands Garden and the Southern Hemisphere Walk.

Carriag Abhainn Gardens, Durrus

A three-acre garden in the heart of Durrus, an oasis of peace and serenity. Enhanced by the woodland setting and surrounding mill stream, river and spectacular waterfall, the many tender and rare plants thrive in this mild, sheltered climate, providing continuous interest from March through to October.

Heron Gardens, Ahakista

An artist’s garden, full of colour and quirky ideas, echoing the creativity and unique work in the gallery.

Bantry House & Gardens, Bantry

The home of the former Earls of Bantry has spectacular views overlooking the Bay and is well worth a visit. Built in 1690, it has a collection of tapestries, furniture and art treasures and the restored gardens are home to subtropical plants and shrubs. Climb the “one hundred steps” at the back of Bantry House to marvel at the awesome view across the Bay.

Ballycommane House & Garden, Durrus.

The beautifully landscaped gardens with their subtropical vegetation are most inviting for relaxation and contemplation. There are hidden seating areas where you can be in tune with nature and wind down. Incorporating a famous Bronze-age monument, the garden also encapsulates ancient archaeology.

Garinish Island

Situated in the sheltered harbour of Glengarriff, this garden paradise has a history dating back 100 years. Its renowned gardens are laid out in beautiful walks and feature a Martello Tower, a Grecian Temple and Italian Gardens and specimen plants which are rare in this climate. Seal Island is included in the short ferry ride and watch out for the resident, nesting White Tailed Sea Eagles.