I have so many photos from my September trips to West Cork, that I have to show them in several posts, in order to do them some justice. No point in showing too many at once. This is another lovely area in the South West of Ireland, with a beautiful coastline, many ancient historical monuments and much more… I was lucky to get to do a few trips before stricter lockdown restrictions were imposed again.
This post focuses mainly on the Mizen Peninsula of West Cork. There is so much to see here that I only skimmed the surface really, in a manner of speaking. It would be necessary to stay for an extended break to explore more thoroughly.
The Altar Wedge Tomb, above, which dates back to 2500 to 2000 BC. This was easy to find on the coastal drive. It’s about 7 kilometres west of the town of Schull, and overlooks Toormore Bay.
This information was taken from notices at the site.
Some of the coastal views near the tomb, below.
Mizen Head, below.
This is a popular place for visitors, with a visitor’s centre, an interesting bridge leading to the Mizen Head lightouse and fog signal station. Mizen Head is the most South Westerly point of Ireland.
The lighthouse and signal station, above.
The rock formations here are really quite something to look at.
They say this can be a good place to spot seals.
It was really quite busy with visitors, making social distancing somewhat awkward on the narrow paths and bridge. I use this as an excuse for the fact that while concentrating on my photos, plus trying to maintain appropriate distance from people, I managed to miss the path to the lighthouse, and I returned to the beginning of the walk without going there. It was a very hilly and exhausting walk, so I didn’t feel like going around again. Ah well, next time!
Next stop Mount Gabriel. The photo above was taken later, it shows the two giant footballs on the top of the mountain. This is actually an aviation radar station and we thought we should go up there to investigate and see the views.
Views from the top of Mount Gabriel.
The purpose of this radar station is to track flights over european air space. In September 1982, one of the two globes was bombed by the terrorist group, the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA, a splinter group of the IRA). It is believed that the bombing was prompted by the publication of a newspaper article which claimed that the installation was part of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) radar system. Generally believed to be fake news.
I appreciate your visit and hope you will come back again to see photos of Cape Clear Island. Cape Clear is just a short ferry ride from Baltimore.
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