Kilvarock Gardens

Founder-member Kilravock Garden is an intriguing coastal garden containing many hundreds of plants from the Southern hemisphere and Asia.

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Shaped like an ice-cream cone and situated directly by the sea with extensive views over Dunmanus Bay, Kilravock Garden (1.7 acres) is a moody Robinsonian-style coastal garden featuring a very large range of exotic shrubs and trees and selected native products that thrive in the relatively mild microclimate there.  A vast number of plants from all over the globe are to be found in different, contrasting zones, for example the Mediterranean Garden, the Woodlands Garden and the Southern Hemisphere Walk.

For gardening aficionados there are intriguing collections of restios (South Africa), sorbus, acers, tree ferns and camellias.  Come and explore at your leisure.  Time permitting, I will be glad to give you a tour, if you so wish.  If you, however, prefer to discover things alone, I will provide you with a guide map.

Special Features

  • Coastal Garden directly by the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Founder Garden of the West Cork Garden Trail 
  • Self-guiding trail and garden map 
  • Special tours for accompanied young people over nine 
  • German spoken 
  • The garden is featured in The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland by Shirley Lanigan and in The Open Gardens of Ireland by the same author. 
  • It has also featured on British, German, French, Austrian and American TV.


Eircode P75 CF99. 

Just over 1.5km west of the village of Durrus on the main road to Ahakista on the Sheep’s Head peninsula directly by the sea.  There is a blue and white oval sign at the entrance.  You can park on the grass opposite.


Ronnie Halligan, Kilravock Garden, Durrus, Co Cork 

Tel: 027 – 61983 

Mobile: 089 2018587


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