Cork, Ireland, in the south-west of Ireland is a beautiful port city sat on the river Lee and the second biggest city in Ireland. The city is perfect for solo travellers because not only do you have the city’s architecture, museums and nightlife to explore, jump in a car and get lost around the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city and spans for miles across this great isle. Plus with how friendly and welcoming the city, and in fact, country is, you wont be solo for long as you will be making friends along the way.
How to get there?
Flights from London start at £29.00 return at the moment and can be booked directly via ixploring.com. Once there, grab a car and get ixploring!
Where to stay?
If you don’t mind sharing and enjoy the ‘backpacker’ experience and meeting others we recommend here as for 5 nights, you can get accommodation for as little as £79.00;
Or if you want to pay a little more and prefer the privacy, then we recommend here from £350.00 approximately for 5 nights;
Top 5 things to do
- Blarney Castle – Don’t forget to kiss the blarney stone while you are there.. as long as you are allowed too at the moment anyway!
- Spike Island – Spike Island is an island of 103 acres in Cork Harbour, Ireland. Originally the site of a monastic settlement, the island is dominated by an 18th-century star fort named Fort Mitchel. The island’s strategic location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison. Since the early 21st century the island has been developed as a heritage tourist attraction, with €5.5 million investment in exhibition and visitor spaces and accompanying tourism marketing. There were in excess of 81,000 visitors to the island during 2019, a 21% increase on 2018 numbers. Spike Island was named top European tourist attraction at the 2017 World Travel Awards. Wikipedia
- Cork City Gaol – Former prison now museum, well worth a visit.
- Blackrock Castle and Observatory – Blackrock Castle is a castellated fortification located at Blackrock, about 2 km from Cork city centre on the banks of the River Lee in Ireland. Originally developed as a coastal defence fortification in the 16th century to protect upper Cork Harbour and port, the site now houses an observatory, visitor centre and restaurant. Wikipedia
- The Cities Bars and Restaurants – While you are there, visit the cities pubs, bars and eateries, talk with locals and soak up the Irish atmosphere, trust me, you will love it!
Current Travel Restrictions
Currently the UK is not on Irelands green list and travellers would be required to isolate for 14 days upon arrival so this recommendation is not for current trips but for trips in the near future, the current countries on Irelands green list are ;
However, Ireland is on the UKs exempt list so it might be a matter of time before the UK is added to the green list, so even though Cork is not great for immediate travel, it could make a great winter weekend away or something to look forward too in the new year.
Search and book excursions here…
Based on one person – 09th December – 14th December 2020
Flights – £34.00 Return (via ixploring.com with Ryanair)
Hotel – £79.00 Sheila’s Tourist Hostel (via the Search link above)
Hire Car – £64.13 SIXT (Through RentalCars.com)
Travel Insurance – £6.25 with advanced COVID cover
Total Trip Cost
Our ixploring.com rating…
With such reasonable costs, an abundance of things to do and see and scenery you would struggle to find elsewhere, we rate this trip;
References – Feature Photo (Cork) – pxfuel.com, In-text photo (Cork) – wallpaperflare.com