We had been to Mizen Head before, but the last time we were there renovation works were being carried out to the bridge and the walkways, so we never made it any further than the visitor center.
So we decided to head back.
Mizen Head is Ireland's most south-westerly point. The Mizen Head signal station (Mizen Head Signal Station & Visitor Centre and cross the iconic Mizen Footbridge) is a key Discovery point along the Wild Atlantic Way.
In the visitor center, you get to see the interior of a lighthouse, the inside of a ship and a lot of history on how the bridge was built.
The walk to the Head Signal Station is amazing, opening views towards Fastnet rock and the wide open Atlantic.
The first stop is a steep path down the cliff where a new viewing platform has been created giving you views towards the Arch in the cliff edge.
Make your way back up the cliff and turn towards the signal house. The iconic bridge across the gorge which is the only access point to the Head Signal Station is reached by a new path or the famous 99 steps which is the original approach to the bridge.
Half way in our visit, fog came from nowhere making the area look mysterious and remote. The Main Signal house is now a museum showing you what life was like for the lighthouse keeper. The engine room with Marconi Radio Room and modest living quarters have been lovingly restored. There are also some rooms which show you the different types of whales which life along the Irish coast, life underneath the cliffs and the different types of birds which nest along the cliffs.
There is a list of all the ships which sank of Mizen Head, and looking at the extensive list, it is obvious that it can be very dangerous down at Mizen Head.
And then you have the actual light which sits on a small platform. The views towards the cliffs are spectacular or just look out towards the Atlantic ocean, it is one of the best places in the world to see Minke, Fin and Humpback Whales and Dolphins.
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We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield