An extraordinary panorama of jagged rocks, looming sea cliffs, and crashing waves makes Cork's Mizen Head one of the most spectacular sights along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The rugged coastal cliffs located at Ireland’s southwestern-most point are known for their fantastic views and dramatic trails, including a 99-step descent down to the seafront and a hair-raising walk across the famous Arched Bridge that connects the gaping chasm between cliffs.
Follow the walking trails and lookout points around the peninsula to enjoy views of the ocean and spot whales, dolphins, and sea birds along the coast. You can also peek into the historic Mizen Head Signal Station and Station Keeper’s Quarters, which has stood on the coast for over a hundred years, or visit the award-winning Mizen Head Visitor Centre, which features exhibitions on the peninsula’s geological wonders, maritime history, and Fastnet Lighthouse, as well as a cafe and gift shop.
Discover Mizen Head on a day trip from nearby towns like Killarney, Kenmare, or Cork to stop at additional sights along the Wild Atlantic Way, such as the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Pass.
Insider’s Tip: From the Mizen Head Visitor Centre, there are four walking trails to choose from—Sea Arch follows the coast; Bridge View crosses the bridge; Dunlough View passes the Explosives Hut; and Derrick Path offers a unique view from below the bridge.
Mizen Head is located at the southwestern tip of the Mizen Head peninsula, around 6.2 miles (10 km) southwest of Goleen. The Mizen Head Visitor Centre is open daily from 10:30am to 5pm between mid-March and May, and in October. It is open daily from 10am to 6pm June to September, and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm November to Mid-March. Adult admission is EUR 6 and youth admission is EUR 3.50.