Day trips from Dublin are an incredible way to experience Ireland. The more you see, the more you’ll fall in love with the Emerald Isle!

Every city and village on the Emerald Isle has it’s own unique charm. Landscapes range from cliffs overlooking the sea, to mountains covered in purple wildflowers, and it’s possible to see it all in one visit. Get out of the city and enjoy the Irish countryside, and see more of what this beautiful country has to offer.

I love being able to see different parts of a country, without having to pack up and move locations constantly. For this reason, I chose to take day trips out of Dublin. Every single one was exceptional!

Here are my favourite day trips from Dublin!
Ireland Day trip from Dublin to Carrick-a-redeNewgrange

Newgrange is a 5,500 year old passage tomb, and on a day trip you can learn about the history of the site and even go inside the tomb. Check out artefacts in the visitors centre, and discover Ireland in the days of High Kings.

The history of Newgrange is fascinating, and access to the site is very well organized! It never gets too crowded at the passage tomb itself, a pleasant surprise at the most popular heritage site in the country.

I visited with Newgrange Tours, and along the way we also stopped at Hill of Tara and Newgrange Farm! Read my full view of the this day trip here! 

Ireland Day trip from Dublin to Newgrange

Howth

When I saw photos of Howth, I knew I had to go. This beautiful, seaside down is just North of Dublin, and you can get there by train from the city centre.

Walk by Howth Castle, home to the St Lawrence family, and make your way up to the top of the cliffs before winding your way back in to town on a scenic cliffside walk. Wear good shoes for this hike!

If you want company for your hike, Dublin Free Walking Tour runs a (not free in this case, but only 22 euro and includes your train ticket) fantastic full day excursion leaving from downtown Dublin every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11AM. Enjoy a day in Howth, explore with new friends, and return home that evening.

The group was small and a great way to meet people! It made for a lovely day. One of the couples on the hike turned out to live a few blocks away from me back in Canada! 

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Ireland Day Trip from Dublin to Howth Cliffwalk

Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede

The Giant’s Causeway is a must-see on your visit to Ireland. This beautiful, pillar-like rock formation was built by Giant’s (or formed by lava, you choose) resulting in a landscape unlike any other. The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most breathtaking places that I’ve seen in my travels, and I highly recommend it.

Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, not too far away and part of the same day trip, is a rickety little bridge leading to a small island with sweeping views of the sea and coast.

I visited the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede with Love Ireland, and the tour also made photo stops at other locations along the way! More details on my experience (and stories about Giant’s!) on this day trip here. 

Ireland Day trips from Dublin to the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Kilkenny and Wicklow Mountains

Kilkenny is a medieval town, established near the end of the 1100’s. Many monasteries, churches, castles, and buildings from the days of days of knights and round tables are still standing. 

On the way to Kilkenny, we visited Glendalough, the stone ruins of 6th century monastery build by St. Kevin. Next, we made our way into the Wicklow Mountains, driving through landscapes that you might recognize from Braveheart and P.S. I Love You.

In Kilkenny, walk the Medieval Mile through town, and explore the grounds of Kilkenny castle. Butler House, the Dower House to Kilkenny castle, has even more beautiful gardens than Kilkenny Castle itself and it’s right across the street! I did this day tour with Love Ireland.

Ireland Day trips from Dublin to Kilkenny and Glendalough

Belfast

Plans changed part way through my visit to Ireland, because I wanted to see more of Belfast. Catch the bus from downtown Dublin, and arrive in Belfast a mere 2 hours later!

Walk through C.S. Lewis square, experience the Titanic, and absolutely go on the Black Cab Tour. I went on the Black Cab tour on the same day as the Giant’s Causeway (see, everything is close together!) and came back to Belfast another day for C.S. Lewis Square and the Titanic Quarter.

C.S. Lewis Square is walking distance from Titanic Quarter and can be enjoyed in less than an hour. I recommend at least 3 hours for the Titanic Museum alone!

Ireland Day trips from Dublin to Belfast, Titanic Museum

Dún Laoghaire

Howth is the last stop on the DART train going North from Dublin, and Dún Laoghaire is the last stop to the South. Still considered part of Dublin, Dún Laoghaire is perfect for an evening stroll and a nice night out. 

Visit the library, which has incredible views of the harbour from the upper floors. Walk along the pier, and have supper at the Forty Foot. The prices are good, and the multiple patios offer incredible views as the sun goes down over the water.

This is where I spent my last evening in Ireland!

Ireland Day trips from Dublin to Dùn Laoghaire

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Part time student, full time traveller. Neuroscience major and Canadian travel blogger on adventures.

14 Comments

  1. Great article! The itinerary’s you have I wish I had back when I went to Ireland. Oh well, an excuse to go back! Love the photography too!

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    1. There are always reasons to go back! Ireland is amazing!

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  2. My coworker’s from Dublin and I’ve actually been thinking of visiting Ireland as of late. These all look like such beautiful day trip destinations but the scenery at The Giant’s Causeway especially took my breath away! K that’s it, I’m booking a flight over!!

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    1. DO IT GIRL. I have endless tips to share with you!

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  3. well, you’ve convinced me to go back to Dublin! I have been a few times and didn’t get to explore much outside of it and now i defs regret that! your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. I hope you do go back! Howth and Dùn Laoghaire are particularly easy to get to and so beautiful!

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  4. Dublin is such an awesome city and it’s so easy to go elsewhere from there. I loved Carrick-a-Rede and Giant’s Causeway though it looks like you had much better weather than I did.

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    1. The weather changes pretty rapidly, but overall it was a great day!

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  5. The Giant Causeway has amazing rock formations. I can’t believe it’s the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Looks like Dublin has so much history and I love the coastline photos. I could relax there all day!

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  6. Of all of these, I’ve only ever been to Kilkenny (which I loved) but I want to go to the rest! I wanted to go to the Giant’s Causeway when I was there but in the end we didn’t make it. Your photos makes it all look so beautiful though!

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  7. Great tips! I’ve always wanted to see more of Ireland. I spent waaaay too long in Dublin on my last visit. Pinning this so I can look back over it when I plan my next trip.

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  8. Oh how cool!! Wish I would have read this before going to Dublin in March 🙂 guess I’ll just have to go back!!

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  9. Saved as a favorite, I really like your web site!

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  10. All of these places seem incredible! Ireland seems like such a magical place, just so much green! It also seems pretty easy to get around to all these different places!

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