West Cork

Durrus to Kinsale

The Mizen Peninsula located in the south west of Ireland is a special trip and tip. It encapsulates all the special elements that makes the Irish west coast so unique – wonderful beaches, dramatic cliffs, magical fishing villages, a ruin at Three Castle Head (that would have been worthy as a backdrop in „Lord of the Rings“) and a light tower majestically standing watch over a raging Atlantic. Fastnet Rock, which was known as „The Teardrop of Ireland“ as it was the last image of Ireland the emigrants had when sailing for the New World, houses Ireland's highest lighthouse at 54 metres.

The Wild Atlantic Way continues along in an easterly direction towards Baltimore where the ferries depart to the islands of Roaring Water Bay (also available from Schull, Mizen Head Peninsula). Baltimore Beacon, a signal tower offers the perfect view over the islands in the bay. On the one hand this area benefits from a mild climate due to the presence of the Gulf Stream enjoying a lush vegetation, but on the other hand it is exposed to the elements of nature.

The Old Head of Kinsale – a narrow tongue of land, is flanked by preciptious rocks and with a lighthouse at its most southerly tip. An idyllic dramatic promontory mostly enjoyed by golfers as this land is owned by the well-known local golf course.