Dublin is a city which is not only packed with interesting things to see and do, but it is also ideally situated for getting out and about. You’ll find countless day trips out of the city, and excursions which will take you to further afield sights. Many of these excursions will be a full day out, allowing you to have a real two-centre feel to your city break. How about visiting the beautiful Aran Island? Here you will see nature in its purest state. How about Wicklow, or the iconic Giant’s Causeway? Dublin’s must-visit sights should certainly be visited, but the nearby towns, villages, and most beautiful landscapes around Ireland should certainly be on your must-visit list too. Head to Blarney Castle and kiss the iconic stone, or majestic Glendalough perhaps. It’s certainly worth doing some research before you visit, to ensure you don’t miss out on any fantastic day trips just outside the city limits.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher
, located in the County Clare and consisting of cliffs from 120 to 214 meters height, are visited by more than 1 million tourists every year. In this area, where about 30,000 birds live, famous movies such as Harry Potter were shot. The region of the cliffs is quite windy. There are many day trips from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs can be reached leaving from Galway or Doolin as well.
Heading over to the wild west coast of Ireland is easy from Dublin, and here you’ll get to see the Atlantic Ocean at its most beautiful, and most wild! Located not too far from Galway, you can view as far as the Aran Islands and Galway Bay itself on a clear day. When you consider the beauty of the area, it’s no wonder why this is one of the country’s most visited sights. Pairing a day trip from Dublin with time in the city itself is the ideal antidote to a crazy few days in the heart of the city, and will give you a true overview of how stunningly beautiful Ireland is, as well as how modern and cosmopolitan it can be too. With golden beaches, jaw-dropping views, and a breeze which will certainly blow the cobwebs away, the Cliffs of Moher are certainly one for the camera.
The Giant’s Causeway
is located on the shore road that passes through Belfast and Londonderry in the northeast of Ireland. There are roughly 40 thousands polygonal pillars. According to legend, a giant made this road to reach his lover. But the truth was unveiled in the 18th century. The reason behind this natural phenomena is a volcanic explosion, which took place 60 million years ago.
It is impossible to visit Ireland and not be enchanted by the wonder and windswept mystery of the Giant’s Causeway. Located in Northern Ireland, a visit to this natural wonder is easy from Dublin, and will be a day out filled with stunning scenery. A fantastic experience to view for yourself the ‘real’, authentic side of the country, you also get to see both north and south of the Irish border in person. Formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions and erosion from the sea, the Giant’s Causeway is one of the best examples of natural beauty, showing that modern, man-made attractions are still no competitor for the wild, rugged beauty of Mother Nature. Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is located close to the coastline, so a visit is perfectly doable during your day. You will also get to see various filming spots from the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ series.
, one of the most charming cities in Ireland, has many narrow, authentic streets waiting to be explored. Since many souvenir shops and pubs are lining up one after another along the roads, it is not possible for tourists to not to be impressed by the atmosphere of the city. Galway is located in the west of Ireland, about 2 and half our by car from Dublin. In the region of Galway, many people speaks still Gaelic, the old language of western Ireland.
One of the most authentic, and best-preserved towns in Ireland is without a doubt Galway. As Ireland’s fifth biggest city, it is the perfect spot to base yourself when exploring the western portion of the country, and is commonly referred to as the ‘city of the tribes’. Dating back to the 15th century, Galway has plentiful history to explore, having passed hands through 14 different noble families, known locally as the ‘tribes’, hence the name. These families were responsible for the many castles which are now dotted throughout the county, around the city, and you’ll see the family names adoring many street signs, nodding to days gone by. A wonderful blend of old and new, Galway is packed with bars, restaurants, shops, and great nightlife to enjoy, and it is a major tourist hotspot on the western side of Ireland.
is a reasonably famed region for its breathtaking landscapes and fantastic nature. If you want to embark on a journey through the furthest sides of Ireland, it is an excellent choice to visit Connemara with day tours departing from Dublin.
The Aran Islands
(Oileáin Árann in Irish) is a group of islands located offshore from Galway in Ireland. The archipelago of the Aran Islands consists of three islands named Inis Mór, Inis Meáin ve Inis Oírr. These islands are under the control of the Galway County. The landscape of the Aran Islands is very traditional and unique, with little traditional villages and a small community of local people. Spending a night in Kilronan is recommended to meet locals and travelers at the pub of the city. Inishmore can be easily visited by bike in a day.
For unspoilt natural beauty, Aran Island does not disappoint. An archipelago of three islands, the largest, and most visited is a place where you can explore local, authentic life, and meet some of the friendliest, and welcoming people you’ll ever come into contact with. Of course, the scenery is the major winner here, and the islands are known to have some of the jaw-dropping natural scenery on the planet. Think wind-swept, rugged, not a soul for miles, and you’re not far wrong. With the Atlantic bashing the coastline during the winter months, you can expect a truly castaway feel to a visit here, an ideal antidote to a busy life. Under ownership of County Galway, on clear days, you can see over to Scotland, as well as the Irish mainland, with Inis Mor being the most frequently visited of the three islands. The ferry over to the islands during the winter months can be a little rough, so if you do suffer from sea sickness, remember to take your medication.
There are thousands of castles in the world, but it is tough to find one as beautiful as the Blarney Castle
. Beside the castle, the Blarney garden offers you the opportunity to see the nature of Ireland with breathtaking landscapes. Since these plants are brought from all around the world, visiting Blarney is a great chance to get lost in the diversity of nature.
Located a short distance south of Dublin itself, Wicklow
is a mixture of natural and the historic. County Wicklow is full of parks, waterfalls, mountains, and walking opportunities, as well as a stunning coastline. Visitors head to Wicklow to enjoy the many popular walking tracks and trails, winding their way through gardens, ruins of monasteries, and historic mansions, dating back to the 18th century. At just one hour’s drive from Dublin, Wicklow is within easy day trip reach.
Due to its close proximity to the capital city, Wicklow is a popular spot for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle for a few hours, and retreat to nature. This area is also popular for locals at the weekends and during school holidays, thanks to the relaxed, natural vibe which is evident all around the town and surrounding area. The town of Wicklow itself is a traditional Irish town, packed with small pubs, bars, and restaurants, and a friendly feel, thanks to very welcoming locals. The ideal spot to visit for lunch, or a coffee, before venturing out to the natural landscapes within the county, this is one of the best places to visit on the east coast of Ireland, and one of the easiest excursions out of Dublin for day trippers. County Wicklow itself begins just as Dublin finishes, heading down to County Carlow further south.