Holidaymakers looking to get away to a scenic part of Ireland might like to try Glengarriff in County Cork. This lovely village is located in the south west of the country and has many things for holidaymakers to do and see. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, cottages and campsites.
Glengarriff and the surrounding areas have many fun things to do. Hikers can enjoy some fantastic walks in the area including The Beara Way, which runs from Kenmare to Glengarriff. There are plenty of places for cycling and horse riding in the area as well.
Golf fans can play at a challenging 9-hole course in Glengarriff and there are 18-hole courses within close proximity to the village as well. The bay area offers various water based activities such as boating and sailing as well as canoeing and kayaking. Shore fishing is very popular in the area with many varieties of fish here such as conger eels, cod, skate, ling and spotted dogfish.
In spite of being a small village there are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants for tourists to enjoy local fare as well as some international dishes. There are shops too from which to buy various gifts and souvenirs. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and drink from a number of stores in the village.
Visitors to Glengarriff will find many interesting places in and around the village including the national forest, which is home to some of the oldest oak and birch groves in Ireland. One of the most popular attractions is the Italian Gardens on Garnish Island, which can be reached by boat. Bamboo Park is another attractive place to visit in Glengarriff with its exotic bamboos, palms and ferns. For some indoor interest, visitors may like to try the Catherine Hammond Gallery in the heart of the village. The city of Cork is about an hour and a half’s drive away and has some fine old buildings including two cathedrals and museums.
The warmest time of the year in this part of Ireland is July and August when the average high temperature is 20 degrees centigrade. Winters are cold with January averaging just a high of 8 degrees centigrade and a low of 2 degrees. December is usually the wettest month of the year with an average of 122mm rainfall, while April and June are normally the driest months with an average 57mm of rainfall in each.
Cork Airport (ORK) is approximately one hour and 30 minutes drive from Glengarriff. Aer Lingus have flights from Cork to various European airports including Amsterdam (AMS), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Heathrow (LHW), Munich (MUC) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Ryanair also have flights from Cork going to Dublin (DUB), Liverpool (LPL), London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Stansted (STN) and Malaga (AGP). The car rental firms 353, Alamo and National, Avis, Budget, Dooley, Hertz and Thrifty are all represented at the arrivals concourse in the airport.