5 free activities in Cork to get you through January

It can be a very uneventful month indeed.

With Christmas and New Years well and truly behind us, mixed with the current climate, January can often leave many of us twiddling our thumbs on a Saturday afternoon.

Perhaps you overindulged during the festive season and you’re searching for ways to get back in shape during #DryJanuary, or your New Years Resolution is to get out and reconnect with Mother Nature, we’ve got you covered.

1. Explore Elizabeth Fort

Did you know there was an ancient star-shaped fort in the middle of Cork city? No? We didn’t either. Hidden away on Barracks Street, just past Alchemy Coffee, lies Elizabeth Fort. Enjoy stunning guided walks overlooking the city centre while you discover the history of Cork city.

2. Take in the views at Nohoval Cove

This is one for every Cork bucket list, and if you haven’t been before, then you’re really missing out! This hidden gem is truly breathtaking, and looks (kinda) like a miniature version of the cliffs of Moher. Check out the views from the hillside to the left, but be careful of the steep incline and take caution on the narrow road.

3. Check out the famous Deck of Cards houses

If you haven’t heard of them already, the Deck of Cards is a series of multicoloured residential houses located on 1-23 West View, Kilgarvan in Cobh. A definite tourist attraction, these Insta-worthy houses look incredible from every angle.

4. Take in the fresh air at Mizen Head

Located at the end of the Mizen Peninsula in West Cork, Mizen Head is regarded as one of the most southerly points in Ireland. The long cliff-side walk takes you along the peninsula and across the footbridge, and boasts some of the most incredible views of the Wild Atlantic Way.

5. Get lost at Gougane Barra

This might seem like an obvious choice, but Gougane Barra is always a good shout. This is probably one of the most breathtaking places in the county, and one of the best places to escape for some peace and quiet. Check out the ancient monastery on the lake, get lost in the magical forest and take a mini hike through the surrounding hilltops for some of the best views.

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