Harbour Seal Colony


A Harbour Seal or Common Seal

A harbour seal, also kown as the common seal, posing in Glengarriff Harbour for tourists en route to Garnish Island.


The small village of Glengarriff in Co. Cork is host to the largest common or harbour seal colony in Ireland. It has an estimated population of 250 seals. The seals are very photogenic and bask on the rocks posing for ferry passengers visiting Garnish Island.

Seal pups are born in and around August, the height of the season and are extremely popular with onlookers. The seals have grown used to the local ferry companies boats and do not shy away whatsoever. However they may be wary of boats they so not recognise and trust.

The seals are out in large numbers on nearly every day of the season so the chances of spotting them are extremely high. The ferry operaters will slow down near seal island affording you the opportunities to take photographs.

There are few places in the world you’ll get such an opportunity to get so close to these intriguing creatures as you will get in Glengarriff Harbour.


Seals on boatride to Garinish Island (Ilnacullin), Glengarriff, Country Cork, Ireland


Seal swimming in Glengarriff Harbour, Co. Cork ireland.