Dublin has so much to offer but sometimes, you just need to explore what’s beyond this gorgeous city. We found the most perfect day and weekend trips to take and explore the rest of Ireland. These trips are ideal for those in need of a relaxing and stress-free time - whether you’re looking for a beach, a cliffside or just a walk through the Irish nature, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Newgrange is an extraordinary site you just have to experience at least once in your life. This fascinating passage tomb dates back to 3200 BC. Definitely not for the claustrophobic ones, however, well worth a visit if you’re super into historical sites that were used by thousands of people more than 5000 years ago. A Newgrange visit can easily be done in a day, however, we also recommend you to have a look at other nearby historical monuments such as Brú na Bóinne and dowth. All sites are located close to Drogheda, one of the oldest towns in Ireland.
To access Newgrange, you’ll have to book a guided tour, starting from Drogheda.
How to get to Newgrange and Drogheda from Dublin:
- Irish Rail from Pearse Station (1hr 2min)
- Bus Éireann from Amiens Street (1hr 21min)
Silent Valley Mountain Park
Silent Valley Mountain Park features walking paths, mountains, lakes, a pond, unique landscape and wildlife all in the same place. It’s a popular tourist destination and well-worth road trip. The park is the most beautiful in the fall, however, we’re sure you’ll be able to catch breathtaking sights at any other time of the year.
How to get to Silent Valley Mountain Park from Dublin:
- Road trip! It’ll take two hours to reach the park with a car.
Glendalough is often praised for being one of Ireland’s most beautiful destinations and that alone should be enough of a reason for you to give it a visit. It also features Wicklow Mountains National Park, where you can enjoy plenty of scenic walks to refresh your mind and get back in tune with the nature. And don’t forget about the Monastic City, founded in the 6th century.
How to get to Glendalough from Dublin:
- Take a private bus company - St Kevin’s Bus (1hr 20min)
- Take a bus from Dublin to Rathdrum and a taxi service to Glendalough.
Doolin is an absolutely perfect place to visit and make a weekend trip out of it! This scenic village is known for one of the most breathtaking views in the entire country. Doolin was also a place where the traditional Irish music was first born and you can enjoy sounds of it throughout the town. If that’s not enough, you should definitely take a walk along the Cliffs of Moher, or even take a boat to the Crab Island! While you’re at it, visit the Inisheer island too!
How to get to Doolin from Dublin:
- Take a train to Galway (2hr 30min) and bus Eireann Route 350 from Galway (2hrs).
What’s your favourite day trip from Dublin? Let us know in the comments!
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