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Located just 8km from Goleen, Mizen Head is a spellbinding place. As Ireland’s most
southwesterly point, it is home to a signal station that was built to save lives off the
rocky shoreline. It was completed in 1910 and later became the home of Ireland’s very
first radio beacon in 1931.
Here, inside the Keeper’s House, you’ll find a dynamic visitor centre that contains a
café and gift shop. It also has a navigation aids simulator, displays the geology of the
region, tells the story of Marconi in Crookhaven and discusses the lighthouse keepers’
Once your tour of the visitor centre is complete, head outside and follow the path
down the famous 99 steps and over the arched bridge that looks down upon the gorge.
This route will take you to the signal station, which is open to the public. Along the way,
there is stunning scenery to be admired, with the possibility of spotting seals, kittiwakes,
gannets and choughs, not to mention minke, fin and humpback whales.
Dave and Deb of The Planet D spent some time in Ireland this year exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. Here are their choices for top scenic spots on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
Wend your way along the Wild Atlantic Way for truly spectacular drives, even better, the chance to get out and explore.