www.ireland-travels.com www.facebook.com/IrelandTravels twitter.com/TravelsIreland Ireland travel is about taking a journey into the magical. While taking a tour of Ireland you should always include time to travel West Cork. You can experience more of the West Cork area at my Ireland blog using the links above. Whether you are walking the paths of the many parks, climbing the rocky hills, fishing from the rugged coastline, sitting on a sandy beach, taking photographs of the Irish countryside or cycling the winding roads; a tour of this scenic area of southwest County Cork, Ireland is a must. Begin your tour at Mizen Head, Ireland's most southwesterly point. The dramatic peninsula features Barley Cove beach and is highlighted by the Mizen Head Signal Station Visitor Centre. Be sure to look for seals lazily resting on the rocks below. On past the village of Crookhaven you will find yourself on Streek Head, a remote area accessible only through rolling Irish countryside and pastures. This is a beautiful place to watch the sun rise from or set into the Atlantic Ocean. Near the quaint village of Skibbereen is the area of Lough Hyne. Lough Hyne is a salt-water lake, fed by the tides, and is home to a varied collection of marine life. Above the lake are the walking paths of Knockamagh Wood Nature Reserve, which is part of Ireland's national park system. The paths of the nature preserve lead you to commanding views of Roaringwater Bay, Baltimore harbor and Clear Island. A picnic is fantastic way to finish this walk. Further up the coast, near the County Kerry border, is the fishing village of Castletownbere. The village is situated on the southern edge of the Beara Peninsula and is near the beginning of the southern portion of the Ring of Beara. Just out of town are the ruins of Dunboy Castle, which was destroyed by the English in 1602 after a 14-day siege. Priest's Leap is also located near the County Kerry Border and overlooks the world famous Bantry Bay. Irish legend holds that a priest, while riding a horse and fleeing soldiers, jumped from this point and landed many miles away near Bantry. Looking for a place for fishing in Ireland? The pier at Toor Point has commanding views of the Atlantic Ocean and Toor Island. A lazy, quiet afternoon can be spent watching the waves crash against the shoreline as the seagulls soar above you. Between the villages of Goleen and Durrus, you will find the Coast Road. On this road is the well-preserved O'Mahoney Castle known as Dunmanus Castle. The castle was built in 1430 at the current location of Dunmanus Harbor. Views of the beautiful Irish countryside and Dunmanus Bay will have you reaching for your camera. Possibly the most beautiful place in all of West Cork is Three Castle Head. The collection of three towers, built in 1207 by the O'Mahoneys, is a short hike from Dunlough Pier. The castles sit on cliffs, which offer views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mizen Head, Sheep's Head and the mountains of County Kerry. At the base of the castles is a lake. Irish legend holds that a lady haunts the lake, while protecting the king's valuables that were thrown into the lake to guard them from attackers. Planning your next vacation to Ireland? Don't forget to tour West Cork. www.ireland-travels.com www.facebook.com/IrelandTravels twitter.com/TravelsIreland Music credits: Track title: Whiskey in the Jar License Type: Standard License Composer: Bjorn Lynne (PRS - CAE: 272363273) Publisher: Lynne Publishing (PRS - CAE: 541626758) Ireland travel travel west cork ireland blog ireland. County cork mizen head crookhaven barley cove beach three castle head tour. West cork dunmanus bantry lough hyne dunlough o'mahoney castletownbere beara. Cape clear coastline atlantic ocean hiking photography fishing cycling beach.