Tag: Landscape

Galley Head

I’ve posted photos from some other heads in Ireland, so I’d better continue and post about another beautiful head, the Galley head.
I love the sea, and open spaces. Maybe because I grew up in an area with extensive forests, I don’t know, but I’ve always had such intense feelings of freedom when I find myself on plains or other areas where you can see far away. And when I’m at the sea, I can’t get enough of it. I love waves crashing towards rocks, dramatic landscape, or just the view of water, rocks, boats. I love the Irish coastline, maybe especially because the weather there is so rough that it doesn’t attract mass tourism to the beaches, other than wind surfers, photographers, bird watchers, people who generally love the outdoors, and similar. The beaches there are peaceful and relaxing to visit. When I get to these places, like the Slea head drive in Kerry, and whatever coastal spot in West Cork, I want to just sit down and stay there for the rest of my life.

Galley head is near Clonakilty and apart from the beauty, it’s now an interesting area also because the future whiskey distillery in Clonakilty is growing barley out there.
There’s the actual Galley Head, the point with the lighthouse, and there’s the beach nearby (I don’t remember if this is Red strand or Long strand, but I remember Red strand as much more rocky and rough. However, if you know this area, please enlighten me!), and a nice area around the cliffs close to the lighthouse where you can walk around and have picnics.

It was a lovely day when we went out there. A bit too cold and windy to stay for picnic or the likes, but still lovely.

If you ever think about what season is the best to visit Ireland, I’d say – all of them! But if you go in August, you’ll see these orange flowers grow everywhere.

You can’t near to the lighthouse because the area is closed, unless you rent a cottage there. But who cares, when there is this?

You can’t get much closer to paradise than this.. (well, that would be Sheep’s head peninsula). Actually, next time we go to Ireland we’re actually going to live in a cottage in Ardfield, on the way between Clonakilty and Galley head. I’m really looking forward to it!

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. 🙂