Dublin: Top 10 Day Trips

Lough Tay, Wicklow National Park
Lough Tay, Wicklow National Park

Dublin’s doorstep is a world of adventure. Make some memories with our Top 10 Dublin Day Trips

1. Wicklow Mountains

Welcome to the Garden of Ireland where the Sally Gap road is a winding mountain way ideal for long distance walking or cycling. Lough Tay (aka Guinness Lake) is a cliff-side stunner and Lough Dan is a No.1 photo moment.

2. Glendalough

No car doesn’t mean no Glendalough. Hop on St Kevin’s bus from Dublin city centre and you’re there in an hour. The sprawling monastic community has stood here for centuries and the lake & forest walks are some of Wicklow’s finest.

3. Newgrange & The Hill of Tara

Older than the pyramids, Newgrange is a pagan masterpiece. View the vivid Celtic motifs here before climbing the nearby Hill of Tara where Ireland’s High Kings once called home. Access via Bus Eireann’s 109 service.

4. A DART Day

Dublin’s coastal rail service, The DART, is cheap and scenic. Visit Greystones for a sunny beach stroll before grabbing lunch and a pint in Bray’s award-winning Porterhouse pub.

5. Blessington Lakes & Russborough House

Blessington’s lakes are easily and affordably accessed by the 65 bus route. Take a lake walk or go canoeing, kayaking or windsurfing at Avon Ri Adventure Centre. Nearby, Russborough House is an elegant charmer with the bonus of tearooms and a garden maze.

6. The National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Easily accessed by public transport, Kildare’s National Stud is an eccentric insight into Ireland’s equestrian and astrological heritage. Afterwards, relax your mind in the Zen calm of the Japanese Gardens.

4. A DART Day

Dublin’s coastal rail service, The DART, is cheap and scenic. Visit Greystones for a sunny beach stroll before grabbing lunch and a pint in Bray’s award-winning Porterhouse pub.

5. Blessington Lakes & Russborough House

Blessington’s lakes are easily and affordably accessed by the 65 bus route. Take a lake walk or go canoeing, kayaking or windsurfing at Avon Ri Adventure Centre. Nearby, Russborough House is an elegant charmer with the bonus of tearooms and a garden maze.

6. The National Stud & Japanese Gardens

Easily accessed by public transport, Kildare’s National Stud is an eccentric insight into Ireland’s equestrian and astrological heritage. Afterwards, relax your mind in the Zen calm of the Japanese Gardens.