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Old Head Signal Tower Signature Discovery Point
KinsaleCo. Cork
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The Old Head Signal Tower in Kinsale is the most southerly point of the stunning Wild Atlantic Way, so it is a fitting start or end point to your tour.

The tower is one of the most accessible in a family of 81 such towers built within sight of one another on some of the most remote and beautiful headlands in Ireland. The rugged terrain and dramatic views of the striking Old Head lighthouse and golf course, offer the perfect opportunity to capture that crucial photo of a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point, no matter what the weather.

The tower itself is home to the Lusitania Museum, exhibiting a fascinating selection of memorabilia, storyboards and artefacts recovered from the wreck. After you’ve steeped yourself in history, climb to the roof parapet and look out at the breath-taking views and windswept beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Stand at the nearest point to the shipwreck of the luxury cruise liner Lusitania, sunk by the Germans during World War I with a death toll of 1,200 civilians. Feel the energy of being so close to the spot that changed the course of the war and led to victory for the Allies.

Why we like it
  • See stunning coastline on the Old Head of Kinsale.
  • Play a round of golf on a world class course.
  • Visit a 17th century lighthouse.
  • Go on a cruise aboard The Spirit of Kinsale.
Tips from locals

Old Head is one of the few landmarks in Northern Europe shown on a map by the Greek Historian Ptomley in 100 AD.

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