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Our Top 10 Best Viewing Points of Mizen Head
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‘Welcome to Mizen Head!!‘
Our first viewing point is located just at the start of our trail at the Mizen Head Signal Station. On today’s small tour of the cliffs we will be moving from east to south (right to left) of the peninsula, from one signal station on one side of the Mizen Head Bridge to the other on the opposite side of the Bridge, checking out briefly, some of the best spots around Mizen Head, our Top 10 Best Viewing points!!
The image shown above features part of the green grassy field outside the fence (which is not shown in this image), further out we can spot some of the peninsula’s cliffs and their upper parts with their lower part and base hidden from view and the vast body of water that seems to stretch into the far distance towards the horizon line, the weather appearing misty and fog like.
‘The fields that roll down into the sea.. .‘
With the green fields that roll down straight into the sea below, we are brought over a few steps to our next viewing point. An image taken here will capture a flag like feeling, the green of the grass below, the dull blue of the celtic sea further out in the centre and the light grey of the typical irish weather sky above.
This image or viewing point might just remind us that Mizen Head is not just the huge walls of rock that stand at the coast we call “cliffs” but also the amazing views on the horizon and the chaotic scenery of the dramatic dance of the waves from below.
‘The land and the sea as pieces of a puzzle..’
A short walk further westward (right of the peninsula) near the first Mizen Head signal station east of the bridge will bring us over to our third viewing point from which we can observe another beautiful part of the peninsula.
An image taken here will feature some of the rigid and bulky cliffs of the western tip of the Mizen Head peninsula, the other signal station building standing in the midst of all the sea chaos, the waves from below crashing into the cliffs, the “99 steps” aswell as part of the Mizen Head bridge to the far right of the image, all the green fields like a blanket over the grey stone rock of the cliffs that appear to be almost like decorated with the trails that bring us around. Blue, Green and the two shades of grey are visually the most predominant colours captured in this image.
‘Let’s walk together, those “99 steps”!!‘
A little close-up on our previous viewing point, with a much greater emphasis and focus on one of Mizen Head’s greatest attractions.. the “99 steps”.
Taken near the Fastnet Monument, our viewing point here shows the western end of the Mizen Head Peninsula and the signal station that we can find there. We can also observe the 99 steps trail, guarded with fences on both sides. A photo taken here will not feature the Mizen Head bridge, however the 99 steps trail, the rocky Mizen Head cliffs and the Celtic sea waves wearing dresses of blue and white.
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For our fifth viewing point we will need to walk a little further, crossing the Mizen Head bridge to which we’ll return in just a second..
Our next viewing point is taken at Derrick’s View, an image taken here will capture the eastern cliffs of the peninsula which we already saw earlier. Here we can spot one to two sea caves and archways, sea stumps attacked by the roaring sea that has been providing the sound of the sea at the cliffs for thousands of years, the result of it’s chaotism we can see from looking down at the eroded rock of the Headland.
“The giant’s bite”
Now of course, …
officially this isn’t the name that this part of Mizen Head goes by however, we thought that this title would perfectly suit our next viewing point, as it might just look like a big huge giant bite out of the ground here.
This viewing point is found on the Mizen Head bridge, just at it’s centre. Looking west, we see the small ravine or gap between the two parts of the peninsula, with a small sneak-peak through this opening into what lies further, to the east, the Celtic Sea.
‘The last piece of rope, that ties an iseland to a home country‘
Number seven on our hot list will finally have us view the bridge at Mizen Head, our next viewing point of the Mizen Head Bridge which we like to call “the last piece of rope, that ties an iseland to a home country”, that being the iseland of Ireland.
This viewing point is located on the opposite side of the bridge near the Radio signal hut. An image taken here will capture all of Mizen Head Bridge, the gap from our previous viewing point and as far as the eastern cliffs of the peninsula. We will also be able to observe some more of the green grass coating over the cliff tops and of course the Celtic to the right.
‘The Fog Signal Station’
Simular to our previous viewing point of the “giant’s bite”, here we can see another result of sea erosion on the peninsula of Mizen Head, this one located just at the very tip of the Peninsula, with the water flooding in deep between both of these cliffs.
This viewing point can be found at the viewing platform near the Dunlough 360 View and the Radio signal hut, exactly where we were capturing our viewing point of Mizen Head. An image taken here will feature the Fog Signal Station/Lighthouse on the far end of the peninsula, the green coated bulky and grey in colour cliffs, the gap caused by years of sea erosion on the rock and the vast horizon of the sea further near the centre of the image.
‘The northern peninsula view’
A third major viewing point from the Viewing platform near the radio signal hut on the other end of the peninsula is the view that we can stumble upon as we reach the very end of the walkway of the platform which at it’s tip is guarded by fences, of the northern peninsula cliffs of Mizen Head.
This viewing point may not only be the most iconic and sightful view on our list but also of those who have already taken their coats and cameras over to the second southernmost point on the iseland of Ireland, to discover the beauty that lies at Mizen Head.
An image taken here will capture the beautiful composition that has been naturally crafted by the sea as the known artist, over a span of thousands of years, making us think that the most beautful artwork out there in world is some that took the most amount of time. Sea stumps and stacks, sea caves and the green coating over the top of the cliffs are also going to be captured within our camera lens and with just the right angle, one can capture the slanted green patch of soil that looks like it could almost roll into the water from below.
‘Ireland carved away slowely by the Celtic’
Our last viewing point on our list, to end the day is taken at Derrick’s View and it is more of a zoomed in version of our previous viewing point as well as taken at a slightly different angle.
An image taken here will capture the eastern peninsula cliffs and the result of years of the Celtic Sea’s erosion of the Irish soil where we can see a number of sea caves and stumps. The image above shows the chaoticism and how restless the sea at this irish shoreline is, reassuring one that swimming in these waters.. would definetly not be the best idea.
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In our next week’s article we will be on the road to yet another rich in scenery and chaotic cliffs of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher in Clare county. Check out our previous article to learn more about the Cliffs of Mizen Head here or in the below panel if featured.
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