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Kerry to Cork Wild Atlantic Way

The journey along the coast of Ireland from Kerry to Cork is the fifth and final route section of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is definitely not a disappointing finish, with stunning scenery, fascinating attractions and peaceful surroundings that are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The three significant points along this strip are Dursey Island, Mizen Head and The Old Head of Kinsale.

Dursey Island

Dursey Islands Kerry Wild Atlantic WayDriving along the north edge of the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork, the dramatic views across Kenmare Bay will take your breath away and make you fall in love with the magic of the Irish coast. The drive will come to an end at Dursey Sound, where Ireland’s only cable car will take you on a 10 minute ride across to the remote, yet wonderful, Dursey Island. There, you will find castle ruins, a signal tower, standing stones and a lighthouse, all just waiting to be explored. Make sure not to miss out on experiencing the island’s sensational sunsets, locally known as ‘Europe’s Last Sunset’.

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Mizen Head

Mizen Head Cork Wild Atlantic WayMizen Head is the most south-westerly point in Ireland, famous for its spectacular cliff scenery. Thrill-seekers will absolutely love the climb down steps, which lead you onto a high suspension bridge, connecting the mainland to a rocky crag. The experience is like no other and is sure to get the adrenalin pumping as you see the waves crash far below you. On the far side of the bridge is the Fog Signal Station, which is now a fascinating museum on Mizen Head’s maritime history. Out on the horizon stands Fastnet Lighthouse on a rock, known as ‘The Teardrop of Ireland’, which would have be the last sight of home for millions of Irish emigrants.

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The Old Head of Kinsale

Old Head Kinsale Wild Atlantic WayThe Old Head of Kinsale is the perfect name for this beautiful headland near Kinsale, Co. Cork. Make sure to pay a visit to the 17th century lighthouse which is famous for being the nearest land point to the site of the 1915 sinking of the RMS Lusitania. A tour on the ‘Spirit of Kinsale’ boat is a must-do as it is the ideal opportunity to take in all the sights to be seen, including the Harbour and Charles Fort, and to hear all the stories to be heard, such as the tales of the 1601 Siege of Kinsale. If you enjoy water-sports, don’t miss out on an exploration of Cork’s coves and caves on a kayak!

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When discovering all the hidden treasures along the Wild Atlantic Way, be sure not to overlook accommodation as it can truly make or break a holiday. Irish B&Bs are the perfect option as they guarantee luxury, comfort and hospitality, all without having to break the bank. What’s more, bed and breakfasts act as a great touring base, with their convenient locations and the hosts’ extensive knowledge of the locality!

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