Mizen Head

Crookhaven at the end of the Mizen peninsula in West Cork has historically been the first and last port of call for ships going between America and Northern Europe. It’s also the area where the first wireless oversea communication system was developed. You can read more about it here.

We’ve been there a few times, first in 2008, when we lived in West Cork, and then in – I think – 2012, which was a real bummer because when we arrived there the area was closed for renovating the bridge, and they would open the day after we were there.

So when we were over in August I wanted to visit Mizen Head to see the new bridge. That day, we could instead call it the “missing head” because it was a very cloudy and damp day, with a very thick fog out there. Still, it was fascinating. Fog gives a real drama to this kind of landscape.

Going out to, or from, the Mizen Head you pass this altar of Toormore, and some fantastic coastal views. I’m kind of obsessed by the sea.. as you’ve probably seen in other posts, and that you will see in following posts too.

It doesn’t get more grey than this, but the foggy weather gave a very dramatic feel when visiting the signal station. You could almost feel the solitude of the people who used to work there in the old days, or the people out at sea.
Next time though, I hope the weather will be a wee bit more clear so that you can actually see the sea as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

4 thoughts on “Mizen Head

  1. Kristina 3rd January 2018

    I love fog. Here, fog is not so common during our warmer months, but during the winter because of the quick shifts in temperature (any where from a 20 to 50 degree swing some weeks we’ll see a lot of ice fog form). When I went to the university here, which is built on one of the bigger hills here, you could stand inside the natural science building and watch the fog roll back and forth like ocean waves.

    Also, that’s cool about this being the first wireless telegraphy that was set up. I just finished reading Ben Franklin’s autobiography (for a class I have to take) and it was just interesting how between the 1700s and the 1900s how much things changed for technology and just our life styles in general.

    1. Susanne 3rd January 2018

      I also love fog, it’s so dramatic and so photogenic, although of course it can be scary too. It must be particular to see fog move forward and back like that.

  2. Sheena Sy Gonzales 3rd January 2018

    The place looks so picturesque, and seems beautifully quiet!

    1. Susanne 3rd January 2018

      It’s a famous and well visited place but it certainly is picturesque and beautiful. I hope that next time I’ll get to see more than fog out there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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