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Introducing 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. Increasingly narrow roads head further west to spectacular Mizen Head itself and to the hidden delights of Barleycove Beach and Crookhaven. Without a decent map you may well reach the same crossroads several times.

Heading back from Goleen, you can bear north to join the scenic coast road that follows the edge of Dunmanus Bay for most of the way to Durrus. The R591 heads north through Durrus for Bantry while the L4704 turns west to Sheep's Head Peninsula.