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The Craggy Coastline of Mizen Head

Mizen Head is not a place where you end up accidentally. The narrow roads and confusing layout almost prompt you to turn around before reaching the destination. But despite the challenges, we pressed on…seemingly to the end of the Earth.

Cliffs meeting the blue water of the Atlantic Ocean at Mizen Head

While Mizen Head may not truly be the end of the Earth, it is clearly the end to this part of Ireland. Located just off Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, this place is remote.

This is the most south-westerly point of the Emerald Isle. From here, the peninsula juts out into the Atlantic Ocean like a serrated knife. The currents from the west and the south coasts meet, making waves that crash and spray against the magnificent, steep cliffs.

Blue ocean water under a suspension bridge

The drama of the coast here is matched by few other places we’ve seen in the world. With deep ravines and spectacular rocky outcroppings, the power of nature here—both the land and the sea—is mesmerizing.

Rocky outcroppings along the craggy Irish coastline at Mizen Head

The tip of the Mizen Head peninsula is almost an island. To reach it, you cross the arched suspension bridge that hovers over a deep blue swath of ocean. If you have any issues with heights, this would not be the time to look down (although the view is stunning).

Shadow of a suspension bridge on the ground below

Once on the other side of the gorge, you can walk the narrow path to the old signal station, the weather station, and the lighthouse. Exhibits here feature an extensive map collection, boat displays, and the radio room used for communication between the land and the passing ships.

You can sense the solitude of the light keeper’s quarters out on the point. Seemingly far from everywhere, it’s easy to imagine the isolation of a man alone with the whipping wind, pounding waves, and the light to steer the boats away from this rough shore.

A gorge in the rocks

Just outside the lighthouse windows is a panoramic view that will take your breath away. As the layers of blue sea melt into the sky, you can see dolphins jumping against the horizon and seals with the pups seeking the protected area of the inlets. This area is also one of the best places to see minke, fin, and humpback whales.

The coastline in Southwest Ireland

Visiting Mizen Head

Location of Mizen Head

The Harbour Road, Goleen, West Cork

Hours of Operation

Hours vary by season but are generally 11am-4pm on weekends; doublecheck the website since hours can change frequently.

Cost of Admission

Adult Mizen Head admission is €7.50, and admission for children under age 14 is €4.50.

The water below a pedestrian bridge

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