Dublin’s vicinity offers some of the world’s wildest playgrounds —a land rich of experience for daredevils, history buffs, Literati, and calm-seekers.
In this Dublin day trips guide, we show the more than 200 places to visit on a day-trip from the capital city. Indeed, Monastic remains, Megalithic sites, and medieval castles are spread all over the woodlands and villages that encompass Dublin. Its ideal location also offers views of some the most pristine natural places of the country.
The following day-trips are maximum 2.5 hours away and reachable by public transport or car. Plan your route with Dublin Bus here. Head to Busaras Station for Bus Eireann and to St Stephen’s Green for Saint Kevin’s bus. Connolly will be your main DART and regular Railway Station.
20 Scenic Hiking Trips
Walking is a great way to escape from the crowd, reconnect with Nature, discover a country’s gems and stretch the legs. Hikers will be thrilled by the 20 following routes.
From 5 to 10km?
- Fairy Castle Loop, 5.5km of forest road with views of Dublin. Bus 44B to Ticknock, Dublin Mountains.
- Howth Cliff Path Loop, 6km with views of the Irish Sea and Dublin Bay. DART Train to Howth.
- Two Rock Mountain Loop, hiking the slopes of Kilmashogue Mountain 6.5km, Bus 44B to Ticknock, Dublin Mountains.
- Tramline Loop, 7km with views of Lambay Island, Dublin Bay, and Ireland’s Eye. DART Train to Howth.
- Bray Cliff Walk, 7km of a coastal path with views of the Irish Sea and the Wicklow Mountains. DART Train to Bray.
- Derrybawn Woodland Trail, 8km passing beside the Poulanass Waterfall, through the valley and the beautiful Oak Forest. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough.
- Maulin Loop from Wicklow Way, 8km forest-walk with scenic views including the Powerscourt Waterfall. Dublin Bus 44 to Enniskerry.
- The Great Sugar Loaf-Kilmacanoge Loop Walk, 8km round way to the summit and astonishing panoramic views. Dublin Bus 145 to Kilmacanoge.
- Black Linn Loop, 8km with spectacular views of Dublin Bay from the cliff and wildlife spotting. DART Train to Howth.
- Spinc and Glenealo Valley, 9km including an ascension nearby the Poulanass Waterfall, 600 stairs to enjoy the Upper Lake vistas and a walk through the Glenealo Valley. St. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough.
- J B Malone Memorial Loop, 9km starting at Balinastoe Wood Car Park. This trail is a tribute to one the most significant Irish hikes avant-gardists. St. Kevin’s Bus to Roundwood. Add 5km from the village to the car park.
- Vale of Clara, 9km surrounded by oaks, birches, and pines and following the Avonmore River. Bus Eireann 133 to Rathdrum.
- Glendalough Loop, 10km in the Glendalough Valley and the Wicklow Uplands. St. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough.
Feeling more adventurous? 10 to 20km routes
- Spinc and the Wicklow Way, 11km passing Poulanass Waterfall, Lugduff Mountain and spot some deer. St. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough.
- Hellfire Trail, 11km to this “hunting lodge” used for diabolical rituals. Follow Mountpellier Hill track through Piperstown Pass and finish at Massy’s Estate near the car park. Bus 61 to Rockbrook Dublin Mountains.
- Bog of Frogs Loop, 12km through clifftop and hill paths, across the Baily Lighthouse and with panorama views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye. DART Train to Howth.
- Lough Firrib and Arts Cross, 15km passing the Conavalla and Table Mountains as well as the stunning lake itself. Accessible by car only from Turlough Hill PowerStation.
- Lugnaquilla/ Cloghernagh Loop, 16km starting with the cliffs of Fraughan Rock Glen all the way to the Wicklow Way Bus to the starting point at Glenmalure Lodge.
- Royal canal way walk
- Glenmalure Mullacor Hike, 20km in the remote part of the Wicklow Mountains. Wicklow Way Bus to the starting point at Glenmalure Lodge.
Find all the trails in the country here, Glendalough trails maps here, and Wicklow 7.5+km trails here
If scenic roads are your thing but you prefer riding them, then this next list if made for you.
9 Beautiful Cycling Trips From Dublin
- The Dodder River Greenway, 8.5 km from the Grand Canal Dock along the river and Bushy Park. Dublin Bus 56a or 77a. SW Commuter train.
- From Sandymount strand to Pigeon House, 7.5km to reach the harbor. DART Train to Sandymount.
- From Sandymount strand to Forty foot, 10km through Blackrock Park and coastal views. On arrival, if you feel brave, dip in the chilly sea. DART Train to Sandymount.
- Phoenix Park, 707 hectares land, home to a herd of fallow deer, with tree-lined avenues and pastures. Being in Dublin while being away from Dublin is a great feeling. There is a 10km trail within the park.
- Fairview to Sutton, 10km of flat road to enjoy the beautiful sceneries effortlessly. Start from Dublin or take the DART to Clontarf.
- From the longest tree-lined avenue in the Northern Hemisphere (Griffith Av) to St. Anne’s Park. 12km through Glasnevin Cemetery to St Annes Park, enjoy the Dublin Bay vistas and finish your day tasting the local produce of the Farmer’s Market.
- Malahide to Howth Head via Portmarnock, 12.5km with views of Lambay Island, Dublin Bay, and Ireland’s Eye. DART to Malahide.
- Three Rock Cycle Loop, the 22km start with a slope but the hardship vanishes as the spectacular views of the city come into sight. Dublin Bus 17 or Green line to Dundrum.
- Strawberry Beds from Dublin, through the South part of Phoenix Park, come back via Castleknock and have a meal at “Strawberry Hale” or at “Hole in the Wall,” the longest pub in length in Ireland and come back along the northern path of the park.
3 Mountain Bike Trails
- Ticknock Loop, 13km surrounded by the Three Rock Mountains and with incredible views over Dublin and its Bay. Bus 44B to Ticknock
- Glencullen Adventure Park’s, 13km
- Ballinastoe Trail, a loop of 14km with a short ascending start and dazzling views over the Irish Sea and the Guinness Lake St. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough.
With over 110 cycling routes to explore around Dublin, leisure cyclists and rush devotees won’t be missed.
Other than tramping and biking, there is a wide range of options for adventure seekers. If sports are synonymous with water, then the beach coastline, the lakes, and rivers surrounding Dublin will be your best’s recreation areas.
Fishermen will again be spoilt for choice, check for permits here. For the others:
25 Wet & Wild Water-Sport Activities Near Dublin
Kayak, Canoe, Sup or Swim
- Around Dalkey island and to Muglin Lighthouse. DART to Dalkey
- The Grand Canal.Bus 56a or 77a. SW Commuter train
- Howth and Ireland’s Eye. DART to Howth
- River Boyne, choose a location from the river mouth in Drogheda to the historical Trim (and further)
- Ballydonnell Brook, you’re spoilt for choice from Duff hill’ slopes to Liffey River meeting
- River Avonmore pick a spot from the Glenealo Valley via the Vale of Clara to the meetings with River Avoca
- River Liffey from Dublin to Lucan
- Bray Head. DART to Bray
- Up to 40 meters deep, Howth. DART to Howth
- Inshore or wreck, Waterford. M9 Dublin Coach
- The shipwrecks of Dublin Bay and Dalkey Island
- At night in Bray or Scotsman’s Bay
- In a dry suit in Dún Laoghaire. DART train
- Photography in Muglins Rock
11 Other Water Sports
Wind-surf the Grand Canal Basin or the Malahide Estuary, wakeboard the Grand Canal Dock, kitesurf Dollymount Strand, Dinghy Sail and Powerboat in Dún Laoghaire, Hovercraft in Maynooth, boat cruise or sail the Dublin Bay, go Coasteering in Bray, white water body boat or white water tube the river Inny.
If you need a sense of thrill, but Earth is more your element, the next categories might be for you.
12 Rocks and Boulders Climbing Spots
Beside ‘Awesome Walls,’ an indoor structure, and the 62 boulders in Portrane; the 12 locations below are located in Dún Laoghaire, take the DART Line and head to:
|1. The Scalp, 79 boulders||2. Knocknagun, 9 Boulders|
|3. Raven’s Glen, 33 boulders||4. Three Rock boulders|
|5. Bullock Harbour, 32 boulders||6. Xtal Boulder|
|7. Stonecutter’s Glen, 24 boulders||8. Howth Head Boulder|
|9. Ayton Caves, 16 boulders||10. The Sentinal’s boulder|
|11. Lough Bray, 13 boulders||12. Muggzown’s boulder|
If you suffer from vertigo and fancy speed over height, then this list is made for you.
8 Cars and Motorbikes Thrills Near Dublin
- Off-road 4WD drive in Kildare.
- Off-road buggy racing in County Kildare. Dublin Coach 300
- Quad Bike in Monaghan. Bus Eireann 32
- Drive a tank in the Wicklows
- Karting near Dublin Airport
- Race Formula Sheanen, a Supercar and a BMW or Drift game in Mondello Park. Bus Eireann 120 to Prosperous and grab a taxi to the park.
- Rally, Waterford. M9 Dublin Coach
- Dirt bike motocross circuit, Clonroche, Dundalk Motopark Fastlane McDoon Track in Moate.
For those who would rather discover the landscapes of Ireland while being high in the sky, therefore a trip in the air is required.
17 Flying Journeys Around Dublin
Plane and Helicopter
- Aran islands scenic flight, Weston Airport, Dublin Bus 67
- Wicklow and Glendalough scenic flight, Weston Airport, Dublin Bus 67
- Dublin from above, Weston Airport, Dublin Bus 67
- Boyne Valley sites, Weston Airport, Dublin Bus 67
- Wild Atlantic Coast scenic flight, Weston Airport, Dublin Bus 67
- Pilot a Thruster T600 microlight, Laois, Bus Eireann 68
- Pilot an airplane over the mountains, Wicklow
Hot Air Balloon
- Heritage adventure, Trim. Bus Eireann 111 or 109B
- Parkland adventure, Mullingar. Bus Eireann 23
- Central Ireland adventure, Athlone. Bus Eireann 20
- Medieval adventure, Kilkenny. Dublin Coach 600
- Mount Leinster, the border of County Carlow and Wexford.
- Old Leighlin, the old house of 1500 monks in Carlow.
- Bray, “A Gateway to the Garden of Ireland.”
- Killiney Hill, views of Dublin, the Irish Sea, and the Wicklow Mountains.
- Lacken, views of Blessington Lake.
- Lough Bray from the sky.
Refer to this map for more info.
Additional Adrenaline Junkie Trips near Dublin
- Glide the Wicklow hills, above the Poulaphouca reservoir and Blessington Lake.
- Zip-line in Lough Key Forest Park and Tibradden Wood, or try Ireland’s longest over-water zip-line in Castlecomer Discovering Park (Kilkenny).
- Tree climb in the Boyne Valley
- Dry Ski in Stillorgan or Kilternan.
- Jump from the Forty Foot.
- Skydive in Clonbullogue, Kilkenny or Abbeyshrule.
Experience: Clay Pigeon Shooting in Courtlough or archery in Abbeyfield Farm.
Nature is an adventure per se and, wildlife spotting is an exciting quest.
8 Places to Encounter Irish Fauna From Dublin
- Saltee Island, a seabird sanctuary, near Wexford. Bus Eireann 2
- Wexford Nature Reserve
- Bug Safari, Wicklow Mountains
- Red deer, the only Irish native deer species, Wicklow Mountains
- Red fox, Murlough Nature Reserve, and Rea’s Wood Nature Reserve
- Red squirrel, Wicklow Mountains, and Bohill Nature Reserve
- Grey seals, Howth Harbour or Dalkey. DART train.
- Falcons at Newgrange Falconry
The horse lovers will horse-trek by the beach or the mountains, visit the equestrian museums, attend a racecourse and, discover and meet the 6 national breeds: the Irish Draught, the Connemara Pony, the Gypsy Vanner, the Kerry Bog Pony, the Irish Sports Horse, and the extinct Irish Hobby.
16 Equestrian Experiences From Dublin
Forget everything and enjoy the peaceful ride on the back of your trusted Irish accomplice.
- Enjoy the spectacular scenic trek from Dundalk countryside to the Medieval Town of Carlingford. Eireann line 161.
- Wicklow countryside and the Garden of Ireland. Horseback ride through with vistas of Dublin Bay, the Wicklow Mountains and the Glen of the Downs. Dublin Bus 611.
- If you prefer the indoors, there are centers in Redcross (by car), Ashbourne (Bus Eireann 103) and Enniskerry (Dublin Bus 44).
- If you want to meet people and feel comfortable during your ride, the Group level treks are for you. Enniskerry, Dublin Bus 44
- Riding a horse overlooking the beach is an unspeakable Try it at Brittas Bay Beach. Redcross, by car only.
- Powerscourt Garden, Enniskerry, Dublin Bus 44
- Ride the purebred Connemara Pony in Dartfield Parkland, trek or practice some cross-country jumping and visit the museum. (by car only)
If you prefer watching overriding, therefore, you’d be happy to know that horse racing is one of the most beloved sports in the Emerald Isle (with 1 person out of 4 finding an interest). If you belong to this community, you must attend a race and feel the Irish equestrian atmosphere.
- Flat Racing, the 4 “classics” (Irish Oaks, Derby, 1.000 and 2.000 Guineas), Curragh Racecourse. Dublin Coach serves for each race course at the Curragh.
- Naas Racecourse, Flat racing, and National Hunt Dublin Coach serves for each race course at the Naas.
- Only beach race in the world (once a year in September), Laytown Racecourse. Bus 910 from Drumcondra.
- National Hunt Racing and Flat Race, Leopardstown Racecourse. Dublin Bus 114.
- National Hunt Racing, Punchestown Racecourse. Dublin Coach serves for each race course at the Punchestown.
- Gowran Park Racecourse. National Hunt Racing and Flat Race Bus Eireann to Gowran and walk 1.4km.
Museums are another way to learn about the Irish stallions.
- Irish National Stud, a breeding amenity with gardens, a museum devoted to all Irish horses. Bus Eireann 126.
- Dartfield, museum committed to national horses. Citylink Bus 29 to Loughrea.
- Fethard Horse Country Experience, a museum with an interactive Irish Rail & Bernard Kavanagh (via Thurles). No bus.
48 Picturesque Day Trips From Dublin
The region surrounding Dublin is an endless source of riveting sceneries. Indeed, the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the Glendalough Valley, the Dublin Mountain Way, and the mesmerizing coast are all located less than 50kms away.
17 Enchanting Coastline Views
- Take a car and drive around the 25km of the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark in Knockmahon. Coves, hills and wonderful coastlines await you.
- Dun Laoghaire’s Victorian piers. DART train
- Dollymount Strand, Bull Island. Dublin Bus 32 to Blackbanks, walk the last 3 km
- North Bull Wall, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
- Howth Pier. DART to Howth
- 360-degree view at the top of Killiney Hill. DART to Killiney, walk 1.1km
- Sunrise at Sandycove Beach followed by the Great South Wall. DART to Sandycove.
- Rogerstown Estuary, enjoy the shoreline and birdwatch the Green Sandpiper, a rare breeding bird. Dublin bus 33 and walk 2.3km
- Sandymount. Enjoy the beach and the coastal town. DART
- Bullock Harbor, Dalkey. The view of the castle looking over the harbor really worth it. DART
- The fishing village of Clogherhead. Bus Eireann, change at Drogheda
- Silver Strand, the pristine beach Co. Wicklow
- Ladies’ Cove, Greystones. DART
- Tower Bay, Train to Donabate and change to Dublin Bus 33b
- Drive to Curracloe beach, the longest beach in Ireland.
- Drive to Tramore Sand Dunes
- North or South Beach, Skerries. Irish Rail from Conolly.
If feeling a swing in one in the famous Irish golf courses is in your bucket list, check:
7 World Famous Golf Courses Around Dublin
- Portmarnock, Co.Dublin.
- The Island, Corballis
- Royal Dublin, Bull Island
- Luttrellstown Castle
- St Annes Golf Club
- Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
- 15 more golf clubs here
If you plan to relax and read a book, saunter around and smell the flower, lie down the grass and look at the birds, walk through woodlands and embrace the stillness. Here are some inspirations:
8 Peaceful Gardens
- Powerscourt Gardens, Enniskerry. Dublin Bus 44
- Kildare Japanese Garden. Dublin Coach 300
- Corkagh Park, a 300-acre park, with a petting farm, a rose-garden in Clondalkin. Dublin bus 69
- Guinness Luggala Estate, Lough Tay, wildlife in the Wicklow Mountains. St. Kevin’s Bus to Roundwood followed by a 6km walk.
- Phoenix Park, Gold International Large Park Award/ biggest in Europe, Hunting Park in the 1660s, fallow deer, zoological gardens, and Victorian flower gardens
- Fiachra’s Garden, Irish National Stud, Brallistown. Bus Eireann 126
- The Dillon Garden, Dun Mhuire. Bus Eireann 2
- Birr Castle Gardens. Bur Eireann Expressway to Birr
9 Movie and Literature Trips
- Many of the battle scenes of the movie “Braveheart” were set in Trim Castle. The Bective Abbey was also used for the film. Bus Eireann 111 or 109B
- Powerscourt Estate was rented for several pictures such as “Henry V,” “King Arthur,” “Black Beauty” and “Ella Enchanted.” The TV series “The Tudors” was also shot there.
- Curracloe Strand, County Wexford, was seen in the first 20 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan.” Bus Eireann 2
- BBC TV drama “Ballykissangel” is recorded in Avoca.
- Some of the “P.S. I Love You” scenes were shot in the Wicklow national park, Sally’s Gap and Blessington lakes. “Excalibur” was also recorded in the same location.
- “The Chronicles of Narnia” was inspired by Carlingford.
- “Leap Year” was partly pictured in The Rock of Dunamase and Glendalough. St. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough
- Offaly is home to Marina Car, the playwright. Tipperary is detailed in Anthony Trollope’s travels. Oliver Goldsmith was born in
- The Bolton Library, located in Cashel, hides one of the smallest books in the world, the only entire first edition of Don Quixote and John’s Smith chronicles.
7 Short Walks
- Dalkey Hill to Killiney Hill, 2km. DART
- Dún Laoghaire East Pier, 2.6km. DART train
- Flower Walk, 3km
- Green Road Walk, 3km
- Woodland Road, 4km
- Great South Wall Walk, 4km
- Montpelier Loop Trail to Hellfire Club, 4km
More details here
If adventure rhymes with culture, the ensuing records are made for you.
60 Historical and Religious Day Trips From Dublin
Discovering the country’s best heritage sites on a day trip is a great way to have a taste of what Ireland has to offer. Dublin is rich in itself but with over 30,000 castles, and ruins spread all over the country, it is
worth to have a tour around.
3 Flying Journeys
- Heritage hot air balloon adventure, Trim. Bus Eireann 111 or 109B
- Medieval hot air balloon adventure, Kilkenny. Dublin Coach 600
- Valley of the King scenic flight, Weston airport
9 Walks in the Medieval Boyne Valley
- Sandycove Heritage trail. DART to Sandycove.
- Delgany Heritage Trail, Delgany village. DART to Greystone, and walk 1.1 km.
- Trim Historic Trail Visit over 20 points in about 60 minutes including the Trim Castle and St. Patrick’s Church. Bus Eireann 111 or 109B.
- Athboy Heritage Trail. Visit 13 points in about 30 minutes of this 6th century town minutes including St. James Roman Catholic Church. Bus Eireann 111.
- Beamore Heritage Trail. Visit 13 points, 14km walk with The Liberties Bridge as a 1st site. Matthews Coach Hire 910.
- Drogheda Historic Trail. Visit 20 points in about 90 minutes such as St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and The Boyne Viaduct. Matthews Coach Hire 910.
- Kells Historic Trail. Visit 15 points of the monastic site in about 60 min including the Old Courthouse. Bus Eireann 109x
- Navan Points of Pride. Visit 15 points in 2 hours such as the Athlumney Castle
- Slane historical Trail. Visit 17 points in 60 minutes including a 1798 Monument. Bus Eireann 109x to Navan and change to Bus 190.
9 Castles and Medieval Towns Expeditions
- Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in the country. It took 30 years to build it. Bus Eireann 111 or 109B
- Birr Medieval Castle. Enjoy as well the Science center; take the trail longing the river, to the Magnolia collection or to the Great Telescope. Bus Eireann 111 or 109B
- Dalkey 14th Century Norman Castle, a 10th century Church, a heritage center, wildlife spotting, and beautiful views. DART
- Huntington Castle. Take a tour, walk in the gardens and discover the Temple of the Goddess (Temple of Isis). Bus Eireann Expressway
- Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny is a medieval town Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey. Dublin Coach 600
- 12th-century Malahide Castle, Neo-classical and Rococo decor, exotic plants and woodlands. DART to Malahide.
- Fethard 12th century Medieval Walled Town. Discover features such as Fethard Tholsel or the Holy Trinity Church by walking the 2km trail. Irish Rail & Bernard Kavanagh (via Thurles). No bus.
10 Monastic Sites
- Clondalkin Tower is one of the 70 unique monastic places of interest that Dublin County encompasses. Dublin bus 69
- Wexford area encloses about 60 sights such as Ferns Cathedral. Explore the Tintern Trail and discover the beautiful natural surroundings. Bus Eireann 2
- With over 45 monastic houses, Waterford County is not to be missed. The Monastic drive will take you to the west part and displays over 10 peculiar M9 Dublin Coach
- Kilkenny province has over 50 religious’ points of interest. Kilkenny city is the land of St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey. Kilree, located 3kms away, is home to a 9th century High Cross and a 29 meter-high tower and Jerpoint Abbey, a Cistercian abbey. Dublin Coach 600.
- Kildare region is another great place as it displays over 55 structures such as Bolton Abbey or Moone High Cross. Visit the Castledermot monuments or hit the road and get lost in time. Dublin Coach 300
- With almost 80 features such as the Dromiskin or the Monasterboice High crosses, a day trip from Dublin to the County of Louth is a must. Follow the Táin Way or the Oriel Trail or drive around for both spectacular sceneries and historical adventure.
- Westmeath territory displays the Seven Wonders of Fore and rambles the St. Feichin’s Way or one of the six Slí Na Slainte Walking Routes.
- Meath, on its side, hides about 40 marvels such as the Abbey of Kells. Amble the Clonard trail or hike one of the four Slí Na Slainte Walking Routes.
- The monastic city of Glendalough, founded in the 6th century, is one of the most important sites of its kind. Visit a dozen points including the Round Tower and St Kevin Monastery. Take the woodland road and follow the river to the Lower Lake wetlands or pick one of the other 7 trails. Kevin’s Bus to Glendalough
- Offaly also offers 40 monastic locations to stop by. Explore Clonmacnoise, believed to be the remains of Ireland’s first city, the 7 churches, and 2 towers. The place also features the most extensive collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe.
10 Megalithic Sights
- Find the Kilimashogue and Tibradden tombs less than 20kms for the capital city.
- Meath County, Ireland ancient east, hides several Megalithic passage tombs older than 5 millenaries. The Boyne Valley, Newgrange and the Hill of Tara, the land of the High King; are amongst the best Megalithic sites in the entire country. Symbolic engraving and Celtic tombs can also be viewed in Loughcrew.
- The Castlestrange Stone and Meehambee Dolmen can both be explored in Roscommon.
- Glencloghlea portal-tomb and Knockroe passage-tombs are two of the three sites in Kilkenny. Dublin Coach 600.
- Timoney Stones, Baurnadomeeny wedge-tomb and Lisbunny standing stone can be discovered alongside many others in County Tipperary
- Primeval sites such as the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach, Aghnaskeagh tombs, and Ballinloughan petroglyphs can be spotted in the province of Louth.
- Rock of Dunamase, Clonfinlough Petroglyphic boulder and Clonfertmulloe Bullaun stone can be seen in County Laois and Offaly
- Forenaghts Great standing stone, Kilgowan ritual site and “The Piper’s Stones” can be tracked down Kildare shire. Dublin Coach 300
- Ardmore Ogam-stones, Ballynamona lower court-tomb Ballyquin portal-tomb alongside numerous others are all part of the Prehistoric Waterford. M9 Dublin Coach
- Wicklow, its neighbor, is home to Athgreany stone circle, Baltynanima Petroglyphic boulder, Lugnagun passage-tomb and a great many others.
13 Traditional Villages and Local Handicraft
- Visit the Victorian village of Enniskerry. Dublin Bus 44
- The scenic and medieval town of Dalkey, home to Bono and Neil Jordan, is worth a visit. Take the boat to the island of the same name and spot the seals while enjoying the coastline view. Killiney Hill and Killiney’s Bay of Naples are both just next doors.
- Cashel Folk village has three historical museums and is close to the world famous Rock of Cashel.
- Follow the Made in Kilkenny Trail, meet and discover the work of 26 Irish artisans. Dublin Coach 600.
- From Textile to Glass, the Wexford Craft Trail displays the handicraft of 19 members. Bus Eireann 2
- Louth Craft Mark Trail exhibits the creation of about 40 makers.
- Made in Westmeath is the trail to 16 types of handiwork.
- Slane Craft Collective is located less than 50km from Dublin and sells all sort of local arts and crafts. Crookstown Craft Village will be in Kildare. Dublin Coach 300
- Head Howth is a bustling fishing village that offers visitors countless activities such as the Martello Tower, the Baily Lighthouse, Lambay Island, the National Transport Museum, Ireland’s Eye and the Howth Castle. DART to Howth
- Waterford factory is home to traditional glass-blowers and engravers. M9 Dublin Coach
- You can come across the hand-weavers in Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Head then to the forest trails.
- The Hazel House is woodwork, carpentry, and craft shop situated in Dublin
- Doolin is reputed for its big traditional Irish music scene.
Whiskey and beer craftsmanship deserve recognition beyond the metropolis’ walls; if the preceding ambles dried you out, thus the taste of a local ancestral beverage is necessary.
6 Beer and Whiskey Day-trips Near Dublin
- Johnnie Fox’s pub, in Glencullen, is globally renowned for its authentic atmosphere: live traditional music and distractions such as the dancing show, every day of the week.
- YellowBelly, in Wexford, offers limited edition beers and their 13 national ones. Bus Eireann 2
- Take a tour of the Wicklow Brewery, taste several beers such as the HopKnut Pale Ale or the Wicklow Weiss. Head to Bray and go to the sustainable Wicklow Wolf Brewery, taste one the Alpha Pack or the Endangered Species Discover their fermentation room and the brewhouse before doing some accessory or glass shopping in their store.
- Brehon Brewhouse offers unique crafted beers. Taste the Whiskey Aged Imperial Stout in its native shores.
- Start your whiskey journey by visiting self-sustainable Ballykeefe Distillery in Kilkenny, where the beverage was first born in Ireland. Learn how the drink is made and taste some of the finest products the country has to offer. Head then to Walsh Whiskey Distillery at Royal Oak. Stop at Dylan Whiskey Bar on the way and discover their 250 Irish whiskeys.
- The other option would be to visit Tullamore D.E.W. Learn how one of the best drinks in the country is made. Take a masterclass or have ‘the ultimate whiskey experience’ and make your own bottle.
Additional Dublin Day Trip Questions
Are there any “Bizarre” attractions around Dublin?
- Kyteler’s Inn, established by Dame Alice Kytele, the first person convicted for witchcraft in Ireland. Dublin Coach 600
- Dunmore Cave, where a 1,000 people got slaughtered by the Vikings. Dublin Coach 600 change for Buggy’s Coach 890
- The Old Iron Bridge nearby Waterford. M9 Dublin Coach
Is a day-trip from Dublin to Northern Ireland possible?
The first land border is located less than 100km drive from Dublin and, Belfast is only 2 hours away by train (Translink Goldline X2A).
- Game of Throne Set, Winterfell trek. Driving there is the fastest alternative.
- Titanic Belfast. Translink Goldline X2A
- Coasteering in Antrim, Derry. Driving is the best option.
- Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails Translink Goldline X5; change to Ulster Bus 39.