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1. PATH TO THE POINT ACROSS THE BRIDGE (About 10 minutes walk to the end)

2. PATH TO VIEWING PLATFORM, CAVES, NATURAL ARCH. The viewing platform down the cliffs to the south of the car park has been made at the top of the old steps leading down to a landing stage which was built to provision the Mizen Head signal station by sea. When land travel was still difficult provisioning by sea was quicker an easier. The natural arch and the caves have been formed by the sea. In one of the caves lie the cannons of the French Armada ship ‘L’Impatiente’ which sank with the loss of 563 men and several hundred horses in December 1796 on their way to Bantry. Only seven men were saved.

Take care - this is a very steep path.  25 mins

3. PATH OVERLOOKING THE BRIDGE AND VIEWS TO THE BEARA PENINSULA  This is a good path for those who aren't good with steep paths.  It is a flat path out straight from the Visitor Centre


This path is over the Bridge and ends on the 1931 Radio Beacon Platform next to the old Radio Beacon Hut.  The views to the north are up to Sheeps Head and the Beara Peninsula.   To the south there are views over the  Bridge, the cliffs at the back of the Signal Station.  This gully is where Charles Haughey's yacht Taurima sank in 1985.

The old Radio Beacon plinth has made an excellent platform for viewing the whole site - from Roaring Water Bay, Cape Clear and the Fastnet Lighthouse to the south east, the wide Atlantic ocean to the south and west and Dunlough Bay, Three Castle Head, Sheeps Head and up to the Beara peninsula to the north.

20 mins


In the beginning, access to Cloghane Island where Mizen Head Signal Station was built was by boat  A derrick was erected on a platform on the island.

The derrick has gone, but the derrick pad is still there.  Cutters, boats without rowlocks or an engine, that were towed by another boat, full of construction materials, food and water were hoisted up to the working crew constructing the buildings.

ILV Cutter - engineless, used to transport building materials and supplies



Contact Us

Mizen Head Signal Station
Mizen Tourism Co-operative Society Ltd.
Harbour Road
West Cork
Tel: +353 28 35000 or + 353 28 35115 (Summer Only)
E: info@mizenhead.ie

Opening Times

November 1st – March 16th: 11am-4pm (Weekends Only)
March 17th – May 31st: 10.30am – 5pm
June 1st – August 31st: 10am – 6pm
September 1st – October 31st: 10.30 – 5pm
June, July and August
Daily 10am-6pm
September, October 
Daily 10.30am -5pm
November -March 
Weekends 11am-4pm

Entry Prices

Adult: €7.50 | Senior/Student: €6
Child under 14: €4.50 | Child under 5: Free

Group & Family Deals
Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children): €25
Groups (10 and over): Adults: €6.50 | Senior/Student: €5 | Child 5-14: €3.50

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