A private botanical garden and nature reserve on Cape Clear Island.
Opens Sunday 15th August
Comillane Gardens is a private botanical garden and nature reserve on Cape Clear Island, an island off the southern tip of Ireland. It has been developed by Michael & Emma Prime over more than 20 years, with a focus on nature conservation and ex-situ conservation of plant species.
The garden is on the dry side of the island and specialises in cacti and succulents from the Andes and the mountains of Mexico, which are able to thrive in the windy, relatively dry and sunny climate. Xerophytic bromeliads, such as the giant Puya chilensis, are a particular speciality. A good portion of the 14 acres is a nature reserve, with native maritime heath habitat, and spectacular views of Roaringwater Bay and beyond. A permaculture orchard of Monkey-puzzle trees is another feature.
- Guided walks
- Spectacular views
- Tea, coffee and cakes
Adults €5, children under 12 €3.
Eircode P81 TN52.
From Baltimore, take the Cape Clear Island Ferry to the island. After disembarking, take the island taxi/minibus to Comillane Gardens, or allow 50 minutes to walk (steep hills, bring water).
Comillane will be open 4 days this summer, namely
- Sunday 15 August from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
- Saturday 21 August from 12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
- Saturday 28 August from 12.30 pm to 5.00 pm and
- Monday 6 September from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Visitors should allow 50 minutes to walk from the harbour to Comillane Gardens. Alternatively, the island taxi can be booked on 086 – 383 6759.