Broadcaster Philip Boucher-Hayes undertakes walks around Glengarriff Nature Reserve and Garnish Island located in County Cork. Philip’s first walk starts in Glengarriff Nature Reserve, which covers some 300 hectares, and is an important woodland reserve in Ireland.
Phillip meets Claire Heardman, a park ranger and they walk the 3km Esknamuckey Loop. She points out trees species, flora and fauna native to the woodland loop. Phillip reaches the viewing point called Lady Bantry’s Look Out, where he finds spectacular views of Bantry Bay and beyond.
Philip catches a ferry from Glengarriff harbour, skipper John O’Sullivan points out local places of interest and Phillip is lucky enough to observe seals basking and the White Tail Eagle in its natural habitat. On Garnish he meets Island OPW caretaker Finbarr O’Sullivan and walks the loop around the impressive Italianate gardens which takes approximately 90 minutes and learns about the Island’s Martello Tower.
He meets Margaret O’Sullivan, the tour guide for Bryce House, who talks about its environs, John and Violet Bryce, who shaped the Island and Maggie the Island who was a housekeeper and long term Island resident. Philip continues his walk and finally rests at a stone folly overlooking the spectacular seaviews.