Glengarriff is located in West Cork on the main N71 road between Cork, Kenmare and Killarney. Access from Cork is by taking either the more scenic route along the coast and Wild Atlantic Way through Skibbereen, or along the more direct route out of Bandon through Dunmanway.
The stunning, majestic scenery that surrounds the fabulous Eccles hotel in Glengarriff, West Cork, is truly a joy to behold. Overlooking Bantry Bay and Garinish Island on a beautiful section of the Wild Atlantic Way, If you’re in search of a luxurious base from which to explore Irelands most famous wilds, then look no further.
Steeped in history, this iconic hotel has been welcoming guests for more than 250 years, under a variety of names, finally becoming the Eccles Hotel in the late 1800s. Over the years it has attracted famous names, WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and, more recently Pippa Middleton. Despite beautiful refurbishment work, bringing the hotel into the modern era, it still retains that inimitable old-world feeling from its balconied exterior to its classically cool drawing rooms, bedrooms and restaurant.
For the adventurous sorts, there are endless activities to partake in as you explore this beautiful part of the country, with horse-riding, fishing, sailing, cycling and golf, along with lots of walks, sight-seeing trails and pretty local villages to explore. While you’re there, be sure to take the short ferry trip to Garinish Island and explore its wonderful 19th century Italian Gardens or maybe head out to Seal Island and watch those happy, slappy, cheeky creatures at play.
However, If you’re less focussed on the ‘wild’ part of the Atlantic Way, then perhaps you’ll fancy a booking at Eccles’ relaxing and restorative Treatment Room, which offers a whole range of ways to pamper and primp. Their popular VOYA treatments utilize hand-harvested organic seaweed for anti-aging facials, hydrating body scrubs or even a classic seaweed bath.
At Eccles, there are 64 tastefully appointed guestrooms, all of which are en-suite, with many offering breathtaking views of the bay. All rooms include TV, phone, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, as well as complimentary WiFi, but, if you really want to push the boat out, check out their fantastic Yeats Suite. Spacious and bright, you can take in the views from your own private balcony or, for some proper ‘me-time’, hop into the bubbling Jacuzzi bathtub and let the outside world fade away.
Food & drink at the Eccles Hotel are top notch whether you’re after a casual, relaxed bite or a more formal affair. Their Harbour Bar is warm and inviting and is very popular with visitors and locals alike, and, at weekends, they feature some great musical acts and entertainers ranging from classical to modern. Aside from the usual stock behind the bar, they also have a really good selection of craft beers to satisfy the family beer baron. The atmosphere at the Harbour Bar is relaxed and easy-going, and it would be very easy to pass the day there with a few drinks, some spicy chicken wings or some Irish Hereford chilli con carne. On the other hand, their Garnish Restaurant offers a high-end touch of class from which to enjoy the panoramic views across Bantry Bay. The menus at Garnish offer a wide range of dishes with their fresh seasonal ingredients coming from local artisan food producers and suppliers.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere that’s truly unique - offering luxury, history, beauty and style - then look no further than the Eccles Hotel in Glengarriff.