Nature sets the pace in this “Place Apart”, this beautiful south-west corner of Ireland, the rugged Mizen Peninsula jutting out into the wild Atlantic Ocean.
The picturesque village of Schull is the principal village of the Mizen Peninsula, Ireland’s southern-most, with its miles of rugged coastline, hidden coves, tiny piers in unlikely places, craggy hills, beaches of sand and stone and everywhere, wild Atlantic views.
Schull is the place many people head for when seeking respite from hurried city lives to rest and recreate with long active days in the salty air: Sailing, surfing, diving, whale watching, island-hopping, bird watching, kayaking or just messing about in boats in the picturesque harbour.
Those who like to browse quirky, interesting shops will find Schull a treat. The busy Main Street has several wonderful shops offering a wide range of products, many of them produced locally, as well as a lively selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants to ensure that you are well catered for.
The whole coast echoes with history: Ancient sites, ruined castles, coastal forts and copper mines. There’s something restorative about the temperate West Cork climate that allows sub-tropical plants to flourish where they have no business growing. There’s edge-of-the-world drama too – climbing up to a mountain pass through ever-changing weather, crossing the bridge to the end of Mizen Head with the Atlantic crashing below or visiting the islands in Roaringwater Bay, five of which are inhabited.
West Cork is both very Irish, and very cosmopolitan. There’s an independent way of life that has attracted many. Once ‘blown-in’ on the winds they have stayed to make this beautiful place their home.
There’s a strong creative community here, witness the abundance of festivals and activities.
People here value the good things in life. It feels warm-hearted and kind. It’s a place that takes its time and helps you to slow down.
It certainly is “A Place Apart”.