Jean and I headed for Glengarriff yesterday on a day trip. We decided not to travel on the main road but went via the famous ambush site of Beal na mBlath. It was raining most of the way there but brightened up and the sun started shining just as we arrived at our destination. We called for Angela and went to lunch in Jim’s Café which is on the left hand side as you approach Glengarriff from the Cork side.
The food, the service and the views ensured that we had a fabulous lunch. The café is totally accessible with ample parking to the rear even though no space is designated for disabled parking. The toilet is a bit on the tight side but functional.
After lunch we visited the Bamboo Park which is virtually next door to Jim’s. Their leaflet says it extends to 13 acres and I have no reason to doubt it. The paths are mostly gravel and therefore not easy in a wheelchair. There are also humps and hollows which make it more difficult. There are fabulous views from the viewing point and worth the effort of getting there.
Thanks to Angela for all her help. I would suggest that mobility impaired people or wheelchair users have help at hand to get over the more difficult bits. There are numerous seating areas dotted around the park should one feel the need to rest and revitalise. Having just had lunch we didn’t stop in the onsite café or check the toilet facilities. As we drove back to the farm the pubs with outdoor seating were doing a thriving business in the warm sunshine and live music was provided. We didn’t venture out to Glengarriff’s most famous attraction, Garnish Island, as Jean is not great in boats at the best of times and I was really unwilling to test the accessibility of the boats or Garnish itself on the day. Maybe another time.
We returned home on the main road via Bantry which took a bit longer but the road was wider and the surface better.
All in all a very pleasant day out.