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Mizen Head: Ireland's wildest peninsula

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Ireland treasures wonders hidden in the peninsulas that open to the ocean south west of the country. My favorite is perhaps the least frequented. It is also the smallest and is located at the most southwest point of the country. It is the Ivagha peninsula with the cape of Mizen with its lighthouse that ends the terrestrial life with views of the endless Atlantic.

It is located in West Cork County and here you will avoid the herds of tourists who usually visit their neighboring peninsulas in Kerry County.

If anyone dares, there is a route from Malin (the northernmost point of the island) to Mizen Head (the southernmost point) that can be traveled on foot or by bicycle. Only missing legs and desire to enjoy the unusual virgin nature of a leading country in Europe in the 21st century.

Personally I like Ireland when it becomes that virgin island out of a fairy tale or some medieval era lost in time. The fog usually facilitates that sensation and when the sun's rays manage to escape between the clouds they form phenomenal colors with the green that kisses the cliffs.

During our getaway through the Ivagha peninsula we barely found tourists. Only a group of devotees to yoga hugging a dolmen. For the rest, life here goes on like every day. The locals at sunset return from the tiny port or the countryside and meet at the pub where, after a few Murphies (here in the south the star black beer is the Murphies and not the Guinness as in Dublin), they return home smiling. In this order and the next day start over.

One night, in a small town called Skull we closed the pub at three in the morning next to the fisherman, the farmer and the town police. We kept drinking beers until the early morning and the next day they had offered me a job as a fisherman to sail the next day at sea to look for tunas.

The Murphies encouraged me to leave everything but the hangover the next day threw me back. Sometimes I even regret losing that opportunity to embark for a season at sea!

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