Glengarriff, the name comes from "An Gleann Garbh" - the rugged glen - which is derived from the rugged beauty of the
mountains and wooded valleys surrounding the village. Magnificent views of the Caha
Mountains and the bulk of Sugarloaf can be seen from the numerous viewpoints along the
roads which hug the coastline or wind along the steep sided valleys.
No introduction to
Glengarriff would be complete without mention of Garnish
outstanding garden island with its internationally famous collection of plants and
world-renowned for its Italian Gardens.
Whilst making the short crossing of the placid
waters of the inner bay, the visitor is rewarded by further views of the mainland, and a
host of walks, from strolls in the forest with its rivers and glades of oak, to more
ambitious treks up the peaks. There are lots of great walks in and
around Glengarriff, so if its a walking holiday in West Cork you are
looking for Glengarriff is a great starting point continuing on
further a field eventually to the Beara Way Walk also great for taking
a bicycle out and just enjoy a leisurely cycle.
As well as abundant natural beauty and an inherent "old world charm, Glengarriff
makes an ideal centre for exploring further afield. The wild scenery of the
Peninsula starts here, whilst the peace and beauty of the Lakes of
Barra and the Borlin Valley are only a short drive away.