Outdoor & Adventure Activities

From Horse Riding to Kayaking, Scuba Diving to Paddleboarding Surfing to Archery and Hiking to Wild Swimming, West Cork offers an eclectic mix of activities to suit all ages and abilities.

Whether you're looking for a gentle stroll along clearly marked woodland trails, an energetic hike up a remote mountainside, or perhaps something more obscure and adventurous, activity providers in the region have you covered. 
Sea Kayaking in West Cork with Atlantic Sea Kayaking

Things To Do

Wildlife Watching and Birding

From Atlantic adventures in search of Humpback and Fin Whales, to combing West Cork headland for migrant birds, Mizen Head, and West Cork in general, is one of the best places not just in Ireland, but in the whole of Europe for marine and coastal wildife watching and birding.

Explore on your own, or hire a local guide, and immerse yourself in the wild side of Ireland.
  • Head out onto the wild North Atlantic to experience some of the best Whale and Dolphin watching in the northern hemisphere.
  • Hire a local wildlife and birding guide for the day to experience the wilder side of the West Cork coastline.
  • Visit Glengarriff Nature Reserve and explore the wild remnants of Ireland's ancient oak woodlands.
  • Get closer to nature on the Fastnet Trails: a system of long and short nature walks spanning Lisheen, Aughadown, Ballydehob, the Butter Road, Schull and Toormore.

Outdoor Attractions

From a ferry ride out to Garinish Island (Ilnacullen) to visit its semi-exotic gardens, to the eclectic Ewe Experience and lots more besides -- West Cork hosts a wide range of outdoor attractions  
  • Take a trip out with one of the Garnish Island ferry services and visit the iconic gardens with their unique micro-climate supporting many exotic plants. 
  • Set in a spectacular waterfall oasis, The Ewe Experience is Ireland's only interactive and interpretative sculpture garden.
  • Mizen isn't the only spectacular headland along this breathtaking stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way: Beara/Dursey Island (accessed by Ireland's only cable car), Sheeps Head, Toe Head and Galley Head are all well worth a visit.
  • Take a trip around the Fastnet Rock lighthouse, or visit the offshore islands of Sherkin and Cape Clear.   
The Ewe Experience

Indoor Attractions like Skibbereen Heritage Centre are well worth a visit

Indoor Attractions

While West Cork's outdoor attractions offer some fantastict experiences, it's always great to have a few indoor options when the weather turns (this is Ireland, after all). Luckily there's no shortage of indoor attractions to choose from

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

July and August
Daily 10am-6pm
September, October
April, May, June
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

Other Mizen Sites

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