About The Fernery
The Fernery is a garden for lovers of the rare and unusual. Ferns feature prominently, including treeferns such as Dicksonia
antarctica, Cyathea dealbata, and Todea barbara, as well as a variety of native
Palm trees are a particular interest, with twenty different species growing here. Outdoor cacti and succulents are another speciality, thriving in the favoured microclimate. The garden also features many rare trees and shrubs from
subtropical regions, with some of the best new introductions from Vietnam, including five
different species of Schefflera.
As part of this year’s WCGT anniversary celebrations, we will also be holding an open day at Comillane Gardens, our garden on Cape Clear Island. Despite the gales and salt spray, we are able to grow many rarities here which do not survive on the mainland.
A good portion of the 14 acres is a nature reserve, with native maritime heath habitat and spectacular views. See Special Events
section for details. special features Car Parking, Tea, Coffee and Snacks
Monday 6 May 2019, 1-5 p.m.
Monday 3 June 2019, 1-5 p.m.
Sunday 16 June 2019, 1-5 p.m.
Adults: €5.00 Children under 12: €3.00
9a – The Fernery Use Eircode/Postcode
P81 RX62 with Google Maps. From Skibbereen,
take the Baltimore road, turn left at sign for Evans’
Engineering. Follow this road for several kilometres,
all the way up the hill and down the other side. At
the crossroads, turn right. The Fernery is about
350m down on the left, with three wise monkeys
at the gate.
9b – Comillane Gardens Eircode P81 X286, or
search ‘Comillane Gardens’ on Google Maps. From
Baltimore, take Cape Clear Island Ferry to Cape Clear.
After disembarking, take the island taxi/minibus (which will
be waiting on the pier) to Comillane Gardens. Alternatively,
allow 50 minutes to walk to the garden from the North
Emma & Michael Prime,
The Fernery, Gorteenalomane, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
Tel. 028 22002