MIZEN HEADIf you visit West Cork, then one of the places you have to see is Mizen Head. Even without the sightseeing at the head, Ireland’s most south westerly point, you will enjoy a smashing trip as you make your way out the Mizen Peninsula from either the Bantry side or from the Skibbereen area. Beautiful places such as Durrus (and its Good Things Cafe), Schull and Crookhaven are themselves worth a visit.
The scenery at Mizen is spectacular, much more rugged than Cap St Vincent in Portugal (Europe’s most south westerly point), and the walk out to the visitor centre at the lighthouse is breath-taking. You may even see dolphins and whales and you have an even better chance of seeing, like we did, seals under the footbridge.
The signal station is now converted to a visitor centre and tells you all you need to know, via charts, photos and memorabilia, about the history of the lighthouse and the nearby Fastnet Rock, the ships that passed and those that got into trouble at the bottom of the steep cliffs.
The walk out and back presents many opportunities for beautiful photographs. Having made your way back, you can enjoy some well deserved refreshments in the well sited cafe, nicely well made reasonably priced light food and drinks dished out by the friendly staff.