The Mizen Head Signal Station is located in a lighthouse, reached by a bridge from the parking lot on land located at the most southwesterly point in Ireland. It was built over one hundred years ago to warn ships off the rocks, which are everywhere in the region below the cliffs. The signal station was automated in 1993, but there are displays to show how the keepers once lived and how the station worked.
The Signal Station also has excellent display showing how the offshore Fastnet Lighthouse was constructed of individual custom-carved stones, each different from the other, but designed to interlock in such a way that the massive waves would not separate them. The lighthouse has stood unscathed despite the fury of ferocious storms for over 100 years.
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
There’s something really special about extreme locations and Anil and I both agreed that we had to go to the most southwesterly point of Ireland. We had already been to the diagonally opposite point, at Torr Head in the northeast. Torr head also happens to be the closest point to Scotland. Mizen Head was a no brainer for us.
Unfortunately for us, the Signal Station was closed for the season in order for the arched bridge to be replaced. We were so very disappointed, and we weren’t alone. Several other carloads of visitors arrived and we all commiserated with one another. None of us could understand why signs had not be placed along the small roads leading to Mizen Head to warn us of the closure. However, after thinking it over for a while, both agreed that we would have made the trek to the tip of the peninsular anyway, just to know we had been to this small point of land, at the extreme tip of Ireland. Go figure.