- Dis­cover your top 5 fam­ily in­ter­ests in West Cork

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1. Ewe Ex­pe­ri­ence, Glen­gar­riff.

Set in a wood­land with cas­cad­ing rivers, the Ewe Ex­pe­ri­ence is Ire­land’s only in­ter­ac­tive sculp­ture gar­den and is run by artist Sheena Wood and her hus­band Kurt. It is a feast for the senses – chil­dren and adults - as you dis­cover how well the art is mar­ried to the land­scape in each of the 4 in­ter­linked gar­dens. There are also themed trails such as science and po­etry as well as in­ter­ac­tive games which are pieces of art in them­selves. www.theewe.com

2. Glen­view Gar­dens, En­niskeane

The Glen­view gar­dens has be­come af­fec­tion­ately known as the ‘hob­bit house gar­den’ due to the quaint replica of Bilbo Bag­gins’s home – com­plete with a turf fire burn­ing in the lit­tle front room. David and Mary Tanner have used their skills to trans­form their 3 acre gar­den into a mag­i­cal place to visit with over 10 themed ar­eas in­clud­ing a wis­te­ria lane fairy trail and aviaries with a va­ri­ety of birds to ad­mire. www.glen­view­gar­dens west­cork.com

3. Bam­boo Gar­dens, Glen­gar­riff

Set on the shore of Glen­gar­riff Har­bour, the Bam­boo Gar­dens have a most pic­turesque set­ting. Path­ways through bam­boo, tree ferns, palms and ex­otic plants cou­pled with the scent of the sea, give the im­pres­sion of be­ing on a trop­i­cal is­land. See if you can find the mys­te­ri­ous 13 stone pil­lars and have a pic­nic on the strand. Free en­try for chil­dren. www.bam­boo-park.com

4. Heron Gallery Gar­dens, Ahak­ista

Artist Annabel Lan­gr­ish, with her hus­band Kurt, own and run the Heron Gallery, cafe and gar­den near Ahak­ista. The gar­den has many de­lights such as a wildlife pond and artis­tic in­stal­la­tions but the high­lights are the pet kunekune pigs and the de­vel­op­ment of a bare­foot trail. The bare­foot path pro­ject will en­cour­age peo­ple to walk over va­ri­ety of tex­tures such as cob­bles, wood, mud, grass, turf and stones, which of­fers a new mind­ful di­men­sion to gar­den walk. www.heron­gallery.ie

5. Ill­nac­ullen, Garin­ish Is­land, Glen­gar­riff

Vis­it­ing a gar­den on an is­land gives an added bonus of the fun of get­ting there. Ill­nac­ullen is ac­cessed by a short ferry ride from Glen­gar­riff. En­route, you can take in the lovely views of Glen­gar­riff har­bour and its seal colony where they bask and swim from Seal Is­land. The gar­dens them­selves have nu­mer­ous fea­tures to ex­plore such as Martello tower, Gre­cian and Ital­ian tem­ples, an Ital­ian ca­sita and much more to ex­plore. www.gar­nishis­land.com

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