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4 Unmissable Day Trips From Dublin

Giant's Causeway in Ireland with hexagonal shaped rocks stretching out into the foggy ocean

Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s capital, is a beautiful cultural hub packed with amazing things to do and see. The city welcomed over 6 million tourists in 2018, more than any previous year according to Failte Ireland, and it’s no wonder why the number of tourists visiting Ireland is steadily increasing. Ireland is steeped in history, culture, and beauty and is a great place to visit and travel around. Dublin is a perfect HQ for those planning on visiting Ireland and seeing the Emerald Isle through some wonderful day trips. Here are our favourite day tours from Dublin!

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giants Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the highlights of Ireland’s natural history. It consists of a series of over 40,000 hexagonal shaped rocks that look like a grand set of stairs leading into the sea which has been astounding people for generations. Located on the north coast of Northern Ireland, the Causeway is reachable via a day tour from Dublin, including a stop at the vibrant and historical capital of Belfast. Take the tour today and discover why it is one of Ireland’s most visited sites!

Glendalough & the Wicklow Mountains

Around an hours drive from Dublin will take you across the spectacular Wicklow mountain range to Glendalough. Glendalough in Irish means ‘valley of the two lakes’ thanks to its scenic lakes and valleys. It’s also world-famous for its monastic site with Round Tower, making it a truly magnificent and holistic area. The monastic settlement was founded and built by St. Kevin and most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Glendalough also offers a selection of walks and trails in the area, including the popular Wicklow Way, and also boasts a wonderful array of wild plants and animals. Discover why it is one of the ‘Top 3 Best Experiences in Ireland’.

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher is another incredible must-see while visiting Ireland. Again, a very accessible day trip from Dublin, this UNESCO world heritage site draws thousands of visitors per year. Famed as the highest cliffs in Europe and Ireland’s biggest tourist attraction, you’ll get the chance to experience the history, geology, and nature of this awesome natural phenomenon. Tie this day trip in with a visit to Doolin, a small Irish town with several great pubs serving traditional Irish meals and drinks. Check out this day tour today!

Belfast

If you’ve chosen Dublin as your base for your trip to Ireland and you’re curious to discover Northern Ireland’s capital, then don’t hesitate to visit Belfast! Located on the east coast of Northern Ireland, Belfast is home to over a quarter of the country’s inhabitants. Tourists annually flock here to visit the home of the Titanic, the glorious landmarks and castles, and the world-famous culture and hospitality. Belfast also has a darker past and the city is a reminder of what happened here during the ‘Troubles’. Wandering the streets of this now vibrant and peaceful city, you’re constantly reminded of what happened here just 40 years ago by the nearly 2,000 murals depicting the hard times. Visit Belfast from Dublin and see for yourself why so many people are drawn to this magnificent city each year!

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