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, magnificient mountains, national park, castles, stately homes and gardens or a World Heritage site. The better news? All these stunning sites are easily reachable by train, day tours or self-drive. With so many accessible locations to choose from, what are you waiting for?


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 and the more you explore the more you’ll understand why.

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. Keep the camera ready for fabulous shots of Hore Abbey, sitting pretty in the Golden Vale below.

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


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.

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.


Making movies on Dublin’s doorstep

“I love Ireland, I have a really affinity for it. I go over there several times a year.”

Ireland on film

The camera loves Ireland, especially the pockets of perfection in and around Dublin. How about a hike into Wicklow’s mountains for instance. These heady hills that have hosted Mel Gibson (Braveheart), Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey (Reign of Fire) and some fearsome Scandinavians (Vikings TV Series). For something a little more romantic, try a stroll along the Sally Gap road, instantly recognisable to any fans of P.S. I Love You.

Head over to County Meath where Mel Gibson’s Braveheart utilisted another slice of Ireland, this time featuring the Anglo-Norman pile that is Trim Castle. Give yourself plenty of time to snoop around the castle's nooks and crannies. More of a romantic at heart? Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell were lucky enough to film Maeve Binchy’s romantic comedy, Circle of Friends in the cute-as-a-button villages of Thomastown and Inistioge in Kilkenny. Alternatively, you can ramble through rolling fields at Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare, where Clive Owen and Keira Knightly played out their roles in the British legend, King Arthur.

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... lose yourself in the now.


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