From Cork City to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most southerly point, is a great scenic drive, taking in the beautiful coastline, small villages and barren landscapes. Ireland on a sunny day is tough to beat and with the fantastic Irish summer continuing, we had a day, and a car to make the trip, so off we went.

Why Visit West Cork?

West Cork is a favourite for both domestic tourist and foreign tourists alike and with good reason. The quaint little fishing villages, breathtaking beaches and great food make it a great place to spend some time and see a different side to Ireland – especially if you want to see more of the real postcard Ireland that you just don’t get in the cities of Dublin and Cork. With the start point of the Wild Atlantic Way being in Kinsale, you can potentially drive your way up the west of Ireland and into Northern Ireland linking up with Antrim’s Causeway Coastal Route.

Pictures Of The Drive From Cork To Mizen Head

After stopping in Schull for some lunch we continued on our way, driving down random back roads and getting about as lost as we could in and around the Mizen Head peninsula. This is definitely a worthwhile trip for anyone wanting a glimpse at true, picture-perfect Ireland. Here are some of our favourite photos from the area.

Barleycove Beach, West Cork. Ireland
Barleycove Beach, West Cork. Ireland
Stone whitewash buildings breaking up the green countryside on Mizen Head, West Cork
Stone whitewash buildings breaking up the green countryside in West Cork
An old Mossy Ford Tractor
An old Mossy Ford Tractor
Peering over an old stone wall on the Mizen Head Peninsula, West Cork
Peering over an old stone wall on the Mizen Head Peninsula, West Cork
Getting lost on small backroads on the Mizen Head Peninsula, West Cork
Getting lost on small backroads on the Mizen Head Peninsula, West Cork
Looking across Barleycove Bay on the Mizen Head Peninsula, West Cork
Looking across Barleycove Bay on the Mizen Head Peninsula, West Cork
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Brian Barry
Brian is a travel writer, photographer, blogger, travel addict and adventure junkie. Being outdoors, getting off the beaten track and outside his comfort zone is what makes him tick. Brian's the dreamer in the relationship; when he's not travelling, he's dreaming about it! Keeping fit, cooking, music and red wine take up the rest of his time.
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