Mizen Head on the very dramatic Mizen Peninsula is traditionally regarded as Ireland’s most southerly point.
Mizen Head or Carn Uí Néid is traditionally regarded as the most southerly point of mainland Ireland. It is at the end of the Mizen Peninsula in Carbery in Cork. Mizen Head is one of the extreme points of the island of Ireland and a major tourist attraction, noted for its dramatic cliff scenery. One of the main transatlantic shipping routes passes close by to the south, and Mizen Head was, for many seafarers, the first (or last) sight of Europe. The tip of the peninsula is almost an island, cut off by a deep chasm, now spanned by a bridge; this gives access to an old signal station, a weather station, and a lighthouse. The signal station, once permanently staffed, is now a museum housing displays relating to the site’s strategic significance for transatlantic shipping and communications, including the pioneering efforts of Guglielmo Marconi. The “99 steps” which formed part of the original access route have been supplemented by a series of paths and viewing platforms, and a full range of visitor facilities is available at the entrance to the site.
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