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West of Schull to Mizen Head
If you're driving or cycling, take the undulating coastal route from Schull to Goleen. On a clear day there are great views out to Cape Clear Island and the Fastnet lighthouse. The landscape becomes wilder around the hamlet of Toormore. From Goleen, roads run out to thrilling Mizen Head and to the picturesque harbour village of Crookhaven.
Onwards from Goleen, the westerly outpost of Crookhaven feels so remote that you imagine it's more easily reached by boat than by road. And so it is for some people – in summer there's a big yachting presence. Outside summer, it's very quiet. In its heyday Crookhaven's natural harbour was an important anchorage.
Vast sand dunes hemmed in by two long bluffs dissolve into the surf, forming West Cork's finest beach. Rarely crowded, it's a great place for youngsters, with gorgeous stretches of golden sand and a safe bathing area where a stream flows down to the sea. Access is via a long boardwalk and pontoon, which protect the surrounding wetlands from the impact of visitors' feet.
This is the southernmost point on the Irish mainland and is well worth the walk. As you leave Crookhaven, you'll notice a turn-off to the left marked 'Brow Head'. Park at the bottom of the hill – the track is very narrow and there's nowhere to pull over should you meet a tractor coming the other way. After 1km the road ends.
Mizen Head Peninsula
From Skibbereen the N71 rolls west through Ballydehob, the gateway to the Mizen (rhymes with wizzen). From here, the R592 continues to the pretty village of Schull. Travelling on the R592 and R591 into the undulating countryside takes you through ever-smaller settlements to the village of Goleen. Even here the Mizen isn't done.
The boating and creative crowd (often the same folk) have turned the small fishing village of Schull (pronounced 'skull'; www.schull.ie) into a buzzing little spot, even if the regular townsfolk still go about their business as before, when the busy harbour was the main focus of their attentions.