Mizen Head, Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช 2019

Date: 14th June 2019

Travelled: 74 kilometres from Baltimore to Goleen, both in County Cork

Visited: Baltimore and Mizen Head โ‚ฌ6 pp (seniors)

Stayed: Goleen carpark adjacent church, free no services. N51.49447, W09.71255

Budget: 12 days @ โ‚ฌ91per day

We enjoyed a couple of drinks at the bar in Caseyโ€™s Pub last night. Someone was playing the guitar in the corner and he was very talented, we would later find out was just someone staying at the hotel overnight. We had a chat with him for a while before dinner, he said he has a passion for the guitar and just spotted one in the corner and gave it a try. The pub has a Michelin badge and the food was excellent.

Itโ€™s very overcast this morning and the drizzle is almost rain. By the time we have coffee and fruit the weather has lifted and a walk around Baltimore is looking good.

The Baltimore Beacon, a leisurely 4 kilometre walk from our digs, the last kilometre a steep uphill.

So we have done Baltimore, we return to the Hymer and make ready for the road.

We make our way back the 15 kilometres to the N71 rejoining the WAW. The Hymer was just starting to enjoy the drive when we turn for Mizen Head. Then another 35 kilometres of rough road, hoping nothing breaks. We pass about 100 cyclists on our way out. Today is the Head to Head cycle race. So it was a long drive, but we arrived safely (no blood on the bumper). There is a light drizzle and someone suggested a little nap and a walk out to the signal station later. Which worked out well, an hour later the drizzle had passed and we even got some sun.

Some 8 nautical miles off Mizen stands Fastnet Rock and Lighthouse. Mizen was the signal station and support base for Fastnet.

We are both blown away by the amazing views and formations along the coast.

Well thatโ€™s it, weโ€™ve done Mizen Head, we could stay in the car-park here but decide to get ahead of the traffic and drive back to Goleen. We spotted a comfortable looking car-park without a barrier earlier in the day so we give it a second look.

Michael and Pam

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