A beacon of light to weary seafarers
To make your way out along the Lighthouse Loop, you'll need to follow the blue arrows out towards the very tip of the peninsula, where you'll witness the views go from sublime to spectacular. From here, with Lough Akeen behind you, you can gaze outwards across the ocean to neighbouring Mizen and Beara Peninsulas on either side of you.
Once you're up this high, it's easy to get lost in the beauty, but pay attention at way-marker 220: the path is rocky and this site is home to several open (though fenced) shafts. Once part of the local copper mines, they have been deserted, along with what remains of the miners' cottages, since the 1800s.
You can also take a stroll around what is perhaps the most internationally recognised face of Sheep's Head: the peninsula from above. The infamous ÉIRE sign located near the helicopter pad was placed here during the Second World War, to let pilots know they were flying over neutral territory.
If you have more time
To ensure you have sustenance to tackle the wild Atlantic wind, a visit to Bernie's Sheep's Head Café will leave you warmed up with homemade scones, apple pie and her legendary salmon sandwiches.