Sidetrips from Dublin

Daytrips out of Dublin to see Romantically ruined abbeys, ornate gardens, ancient tombs, stunning coastlines, and music-filled pubs

Lovely as Dublin is, you really shouldn't come to Ireland without seeing a bit of its famed countryside.

Scenic drives abound; and the excursions below will take you past ruined churches and impressive mansions, along rocky shorelines and stunning, verdant landscapes.

Luckily, just about everything in Ireland is within a few hours' drive of Dublin (no, really), so there exist a ton of ready-made day tours that will, in 8 to 14 hours, take you to just about avery far-flung and famous corner of the Emerald Isle and have you back in Dublin before last call at the pub.

Of course, you can do it on your own with a rental car or rail tickets (and it would be much more enjoyable to spend a few days in the country, staying at little B&Bs and truly enjoying it).

So I will provide links to all the top Ireland-in-a-day excursions available, but focus here on several that are within an hour of Dublin and hence more in the day-tripping spirit.

Favorite sidetrips from Dublin

Boyne Valley - Ancient tombs and ruined abbeys: Newgrange, Monasterboice, Mellifont, Hill of Tara.

Wicklow Mountains - Mansions, gardens, and monasteries: Powerscourt, Glendalough, Russborough

County Kerry - Storybook Western Ireland: Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, Killarney National Park.

County Clare -Traditional music and dramatic countryside: Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Doolin, Ennis.

County Antrim - The best of Northern Ireland: Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Bushmill's Distillery.


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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in September 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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