Glengarriff is well-known for its natural beauty. Here are some local tips on how to view Glengarriff at its best!
1. SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN You will have to work hard for this one, but once you reach the top of Glengarriff´s most popular mountain on a fine day you will be rewarded with 360˚ panoramic Glengarriff views across the Caha Mountain range and Bantry Bay. Unrivalled!
2. OLD ROAD BELOW COB DUBH Walk the old mountain path south-east of Glengarriff high above the N71 road, stretching between Coomhola and Dromgarriff, for the best vistas of Garinish Island and Glengarriff Harbour. Spectacular views of Glengarriff village and the adjoining Glen.
3. CAHA PASS (N71) The Caha Pass is easily accessed by car drivers and road walkers. Enjoy panoramic views of The Rugged Glen, Barley Lake nestled in the Caha Mountains, and Bantry Bay.
4. LADY BANTRY´S LOOKOUT Locally known as Fhaill na geat (the cliff of the cats), Lady Bantry’s Lookout is well worth the short but steep climb it takes to get there. Access the steps to the lookout via the car park in Glengarriff Nature Reserve or via the Coomerkane road. From the top you can appreciate the full beauty of Glengarriff Nature Reserve, the Caha Mountains and Glengarriff Harbour.
5. SEAL POINT AND THE BLUE POOL For a pleasant afternoon stroll, walk down to Blue Pool Ferry pier and follow the loop walk to Seal Point with its marvelous outlook over the waters and islets of Glengarriff Harbour. If the tide is out you may spot the harbour seals resting on the rocks below you.
6. CARRIGROUR Take the road that goes up behind the Eccles Hotel, and you will reach a crossroads: going left leads you up to Carrigrour, while keeping straight brings you into Rossnashunsoge. This is a demanding hike but it brings the reward of jaw-dropping views out across Bantry Bay.
7. MARTELLO TOWER Garinish Island is famous for its Italian Gardens and its global collection of trees and shrubs. Climb to the top of the Martello Tower for panoramic views of the Inner Harbour, the Glengarriff Castle area, and the surrounding mountains.