Starting in Durrus village and ending at the magical location of Bantry House, this trip takes takes you down onto the breathtakingly beautiful Sheep’s Head peninsula. The gardens include Bantry House, listed as one of the top gardens in Ireland, the amazingly richly planted Ballycommane with its Azorean garden and over 1,000 species, the stunning Carriagh Abhainn with lush planting adn sculptures adjacent to rushing waterfalls, and Heron Gallery and Gardens which contains an artists studio, gallery, award winning cafe and very friendly pigs! Lunch can be taken in the Heron Gallery Cafe, and afternoon tea at Bantry House.
Directions starting at Bantry
From Bantry town centre head west on the N71 for 5 kilometers, and take the right turn just after crossing the river durrus. Follow the road and after approx 2.5 kilometers look out to a sign to Ballycommane house and garden on the right.
After Ballycommane turn right towards Durrus village, 3.5 kilometers away. Just as you arrive at the village look for Carriag Abhainn garden immediately on the left, just before the Longboat Pub in the centre of the village.
After Carriag Abhainn take the L 4704 sea road out of the village onto Sheep’s Head, towards Ahakista and Kilcrohane. Arriving in Ahakista village after 9 kilometeres, take the right hand turn soon after the Arundel’s by the Pier pub. Heron gallery is in the left after .5 kilometers.
Heron Gallery and Gardens
After a visit to the garden, cafe and gallery, carry on up the hill and take a left after 1 km, to take the glenlough road over the top of the hill towards Bantry. Enjoy spectacular views of the peninsual and the sea on both sides from the top, and sea views to your left all the way to Bantry. At the main junction (20 KM) take a right into Bantry and look for Bantry House and Gardens on your right, overlooking the bay.
Spend a lovely afternoon at Bantry House. As well as the award winning gardens, do visit Bantry House itself, and treat yourself to tea and homemade cakes in the beautiful cafe.