Six day trips just around the corner from Dublin City

The great Irish outdoors – just a stone’s throw from the city

There’s so much to see and do just beyond Dublin’s boundaries. Head for the coast, magnificent mountains, national parks, castles, stately homes and gardens or a world heritage site. All stunning and all easily reachable by train, day tours, or self-drive. What are you waiting for?


A peaceful seascape of incredible contrasts

“The seals are amazing.”

Take to the water

There are 2 harbors positioned just to the north (Howth) and just to the south (Dun Laoghaire) of Dublin City center operating 5 boat trips a day that take in the peaceful beauty of Dublin Bay. The harbors are easy to reach on foot by bicycle or by public transport – with the train taking under 30 minutes to get you there.

The 75 minute Dublin Bay Cruise takes you on a journey past James Joyce tower where he once spent 6 nights, Dalkey Island home to colonies of adorable grey seals, Dublin Docks, Bull Island, Baily Ligthouse and Howth Harbour. The cruise also takes you on a journey through time where you’ll come to discover how the modern city of Dublin evolved to become the capital of Ireland it is today.

Fancy a dip?

Killiney Beach is a long beautiful, stony, beach which is sheltered so it’s ideal for bathing and swimming. It also has facilities for disabled visitors as well as stunning views of Bray Head, Dalkey Island and Sorrento Terrace. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag so it has especially high standards for water quality and safety.

Killiney Beach is a 25 minute drive from Dublin.

Spiritual mountains

Wicklow Mountains National Park has so much to offer. Including the spiritually spectacular Glendalough monastic site, which has been soothing visitors since the 6th century. Plus 9 hiking trails to suit all levels of ability, so don’t forget your walking boots. And after you’ve worked up a thirst why not stop off at Johnnie Foxes – the highest pub in Ireland.

Wicklow Mountains National Park is a 1 hour drive from Dublin.

A stately home

Powerscourt is one of Europe’s treasures and one of Ireland’s most famous estates. You’ll enjoy gardens, sweeping terraces, statues, ornamental lakes and secret hollows. While there you must see Powerscourt Waterfall 3 miles from the main house; Ireland’s highest waterfall at nearly 400ft tall – a beautiful sight that cascades into the Dargle River.

Powerscourt House & Gardens are a 35 minute drive from Dublin.


A place your imagination can get lost in

A land of stories

As you’ll discover, Ireland is a country rich in legends, history, and folklore. Almost wherever you go in the towns and cities there’s a story to hear and the countryside is no different. It’s something you’ll notice in the characters of the friendly Irish people you meet but the more you explore the more you’ll understand why.

“It was like stepping into the past.”

As old as the hills

Brú na Bóinne is a World Heritage Site and one of the most important Megalithic sites in Europe. Older than the pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge in the UK. Newgrange is the most well known of the 3 Neolithic passage tombs, famous for the spectacular shaft of light that shoots through the tomb every year at winter solstice.

Brú na Bóinne is a 40 minute drive from Dublin.

Medieval meets modern

Kilkenny has been voted as Europe’s friendliest city and is home to the magnificent Kilkenny Castle. The city has some incredible architecture with the largest rosary window in Ireland at the impressive 13th century Black Abbey. And if you’d like a more modern twist there’s plenty of crafts, shopping, restaurants and night-life to keep you occupied.

Kilkenny is a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Dublin.
A masterpiece in rock

Cormac’s Chapel at the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary is a significant piece of Christian history, where 800 year old frescoes are being lovingly restored back to their former glory. Gold headed saints in blood red robes adorn the walls in this remarkable 12th century sandstone chapel.

The Rock of Cashel is a 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Dublin.

Lively Days in Dublin

Head to Dublin for a uniquely Irish take on life. It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping, eating out, exploring the lanes or visiting some of the sights, because a good time is never far away.