Mizen Head Peninsula Travel Guide

  • Part of Mizen Head rocks.
    Part of Mizen Head rocks.
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    The Mizen Head.
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    The new bridge and the signal station. 4 more images

    by pfsmalo Written Oct 21, 2012

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    Out at the end of the peninsula is one of the great ocean views of Ireland, crashing waves and scenery to take the breath away, if indeed the wind doesn't. In the parking lot there is a large ships propellor, retrieved from the SS Irada that sank on the rocks here in 1908 due to fog and heavy rolling seas. The 9-ton propellor was brought up from 40 metres in 1995. In the visitors centre. there are some photos showing the work put into the recovery. Before entering the exhibition and the further walk out to the signal station and the viewpoints you have to pay, 6 euros for adults with reductions for seniors/students and children. Kids under 5 are free. Once out of the centre you are free to follow the walkways, although there is a part of the way out that has 99 steps and is one-way. Be re-assured, you can come back up by using the ramps, although people in wheelchairs will not be able to get to some of the views. You can see the Fastnet lighthouse from here, 8 kms away, and there is also an exhibit depicting the construction of this in the centre. The ramps are pretty steep and a fair few steps to get right to the top, so be prepared for a bit of exercise, but it is well worth it. The views across the bay to the right are magnificent. It is possible since a while to go even further out on the Mizen head due to a new bridge being put over one of the inlets and then up a steep ramp of stairs. Apparently a great place for sea-watching for seals and whales.

    The visitors centre and signal station are open every day between mid-March and October, but only the weekends from November to mid-March

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    O'Meara's pub and petrol station. 4 more images

    by pfsmalo Written Oct 21, 2012

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    Goleen is the last village before Mizen Head (8 kms)and is quite a pretty place, very rural and colourful. The main pub, O'Meara's is also the bus stop, petrol station and local crafts centre. There are 4 shops, 4 pubs and the petrol station attached to one of the pubs, all situated around the only crossroads in the village.

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    by pfsmalo Written Oct 21, 2012

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    The main reason for stopping here is for the superbly decorated white high cross situated to the rear of the cemetery and cannot be seen from the road. The place is rather sinister though, so if you have a nervous disposition, don't bother. There was a report over a few days in May 2010 of seeing a mystic phenomenen in the cemetery by a young couple while driving past....You can read the report if interested below.

    On the left heading from Goleen to Bantry, close to Dunmanus.

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