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Are you looking to travel to the Republic of Ireland? This country has so much history and natural wonders to offer, however, your trip will not be complete without visiting West Cork.
Located in the southwestern part of Cork County in southern Ireland on the Atlantic Ocean, this region has so much more to offer. It is considered largely distinct from the more populated area of Cork County. Less urban and more natural, West Cork has largely been known as the peaceful getaways for the Irish from the busyness and chaos of cities.
West Cork is home for Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara, three rugged westerly peninsulas on the Atlantic Ocean. It provides the perfect setting and landscape for peaceful outdoor activities. With coves, beaches and harbors, it makes a great spot for water sports such as kayaking and surfing, or other natural activities such as whale or bird watching. Thanks to its distinct natural landscape, it is also perfect for enjoying a peaceful day outdoors with a good meal.
Mizen Head Signal Station, built to save lives off the treacherous rocks at Ireland’s most south-westerly point, five miles from Goleen, is open to the public. An award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction, this authentic all-weather experience is a must-see with its spectacular location on high cliffs with swirling Atlantic Ocean tides. From the Car park and Visitor Centre, the Signal Station is a ten minute walk along the path, down the 99 steps and across the Arched Bridge, the Mizen is famous for its wildflowers and sightings of wildlife, dolphins, whales, seals, gannets, kittiwakes, choughs – the bird migration north-south flight path is just a mile off shore. South, the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, Ireland’s Teardrop, was the last landfall seen by many emigrants to America and one of Marconi’s first telegraph stations.
Schull is a town in County Cork, Ireland. The name derives from a medieval monastic school of which no trace remains.
Located on the southwest coast, in West Cork, the village is situated in a scenic and remote location, dominated by Mount Gabriel (407 m). It has a sheltered harbour, used for recreational boating, and there is currently a proposal to develop a marina. The area, on the peninsula leading to Mizen Head, is popular with tourists, and there are numerous holiday homes along the adjoining coast. The village had a population of 693 in 2002. The town’s secondary school has aplanetarium and a sailing school, and each year Schull harbour hosts the Fastnet International Schools Regatta.