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Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for around 1.5 hours. Go to the visitor's centre for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

2. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, go to Belfast to see the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

3. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

Visit the tower of Glendalough, admire the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and explore the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. First, make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop. Visit the monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

4. From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

Discover the charming seaside village of Howth on this half-day Coastal Tour. The tour includes a return bus journey from Dublin to Howth Summit and its famous fishing village. Take in the incredible views of the cliffs of Howth during a guided walking tour and then enjoy free time to explore the picturesque Howth Village at your leisure. Get a glimpse of the 19th-century Martello Tower, and stroll past the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. Take the opportunity while you are there to try some of the best seafood and fish and chips that Dublin has to offer. This leisurely excursion is the perfect way to enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour.

From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

5. From Dublin: Celtic Boyne Valley Tour

This Celtic tour along Ireland’s Ancient East brings you to the historically significant Boyne valley situated in County Meath (the Royal County) from where the ancient High Kings of Ireland ruled. Join this tour for a day of time travel, visiting the Neolithic tombs of Loughcrew, the predominantly Iron Age Hill of Tara, the 7th Century Christian monastery of Fore Abbey, the Hill Of Uishneach (the spiritual center of Ireland), and the Anglo-Norman Trim castle.  The ‘Hill of Uisneach’ is arguably one of Ireland's most important ancient sites. It is the point at which the five provinces of Ireland met and where their Kings would celebrate the ‘festival of the fires’. Visitors can also view the site where St Fechin founded a Christian monastery in the 7th Century. It’s believed that before his death, 300 monks lived in the community. Later, the monastery was set on fire 12 times. Among the remains on site, visitors can see St Fechin’s church, built about 900 AD. Next head to Loughcrew, the site of multiple passage tombs from the Neolithic age that are 5000 years old. Get up close and personal to pre-history in these cairns with its still-intact rock art, lavishly decorating the inside walls (built more than 500 years before the first pyramids). You then travel to Trim castle, the best preserved, most impressive example of Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It offers a spectacular insight into the lives and traditions of the people from the middle ages. The visit The Hill of Tara, which is best known for having been the royal residence of the ancient High Kings that ruled Ireland in Celtic times and beyond. It is said that a quarter of Ireland’s landscape can be seen from this hill. Take in this spectacular vista before heading back to the capital.

From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

6. From Dublin: Connemara and Galway Full-Day Tour

Among the many highlights of this full-day tour are visits to Cong Abbey and Lough Corrib. You’ll stop for 1.5 hours in the charming village of Cong, which became famous when it was featured in the film, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Explore the ruins of Cong Abbey and take in the stunning views of the surrounding lakes. There are some local cafés that would be perfect for lunch! The tour then continues on through some of the most remote landscape in Ireland, and along deserted valleys that offer views of the lakes and mountains of Connemara. Stop at some of the most scenic points in the region. Later you’ll travel along the coast, admiring the fine views of Galway Bay as you make your way into Galway City. You’ll have a couple of hours to experience Ireland’s coolest city! In Galway you have the option of joining a local walking tour with a Galway tour guide or simply explore the charming city on your own.

From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

7. From Dublin: Full-Day Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour

Visit some of Northern Ireland's most iconic Game of Thrones filming locations on this tour, departing from the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. Stop halfway for a short break and comfort stop and enjoy onboard entertainment during the journey, including a Game of Thrones quiz to see who will be crowned King or Queen in the North. Arrive at Tollymore Forest Park, where you will enjoy a 3-kilometer trek and discover several iconic locations, including where the Nights Watch first encountered the White Walkers and where the Stark's found the dead Direwolf and her litter of pups. After your morning trek, travel to Strangford Lough, a small fishing village where you will break for lunch. After lunch, visit Old Castle Ward, the location of Winterfell from season one. Take a 3-kilometer afternoon trek around the estate to visit locations including Walder Frey's Twins and Robb Stark's Camp in the Riverlands. As your return trip to Dublin begins, stop for a quick visit to Inch Abbey, the location where Robb Stark was declared King in the North. Here your guide will provide real wool Stark cloaks, Stark banners, and replica swords and shields for photo opportunities.

From Dublin: Game of Thrones Studio Tour with Transfer

8. From Dublin: Game of Thrones Studio Tour with Transfer

Step behind the scenes of The Seven Kingdoms at the official Game of Thrones Studio Tour. Located at the authentic filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, prepare to experience the world of Game of Thrones like never before. Located just 90 minutes from Dublin, the Studio Tour allows you to immerse yourself in an expansive collection of sets, costumes, and props, and to discover the craftsmanship and artistry that designed the Seven Kingdoms and brought the story of Game of Thrones to life. At over 100,000 sq ft, the interactive experience transports fans to the heart of Westeros, giving visitors the chance to walk through iconic sets from Winterfell to King’s Landing, and delve deep into the world behind the screen, from the earliest concepts to the jaw-dropping final cuts. From the Great Hall of Winterfell where Jon Snow was declared ‘King in the North’ to the iconic costumes worn by the cast in your favorite scenes, the Game of Thrones Studio Tour has it all.

Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

9. Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

After a briefing, cruise at a leisurely pace as you discover Howth Harbour, Howth Castle, and Deer Park. Cycle on back lanes and shortcuts that only locals know, as you explore the unknown and quiet sunny side of Howth Peninsula to Strand Road and the Sutton Martello Tower, overlooking the UN Biosphere of Dublin Bay. Before you know it and with hardly any effort you will be at the top of Howth Head with panoramic views North, South, East, and West. Discover little-known trails across the heathlands and the epic cliff paths, as you take in views over the Baily Lighthouse and beyond. Your tour guide's local insight will bring these classic locations to life, weaving history, nature, legends, and folktales with modern times. Freewheel back down to Howth Harbour, where you can use your new-found local knowledge to truly feel at home.

Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

10. Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

This full-day tour from Dublin to Kerry takes you to a mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The region boasts some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe. You’ll discover quaint towns and enjoy panoramic views of a landscape that was carved out of rock during the last Ice Age. Detailed Itinerary Adare On the way to Kerry you’ll stop at one of Ireland's most picturesque villages. Adare’s thatched cottages and lovely stone buildings line the village's broad main street. You’ll see medieval monasteries and ruins as well. Killarney National Park This is probably the most beautiful and admired national parks in the world. Admire the stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley at stops in Aghadoe and at Torc Waterfall. Enjoy a stroll by the lakes of Killarney. Town of Killarney Killarney is the best-known town in County Kerry and the gateway to the region. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, it’s easy to see why it has often been voted the best place to visit in Ireland. Take some time to explore the town. Torc Waterfall See this 18-meter-high waterfall that cascades through Friars Glen. Take a walk through the wooded area and enjoy the tranquility. Killorglin You’ll pass through Killorglin, home of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival where a goat is crowned king of the village. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world. You’ll also see part of the famed Ring of Kerry on this part of the tour. Dingle Bay Enjoy a panoramic drive along the famous Dingle Peninsula. Stop to take in amazing views of Dingle Bay, and enjoy a visit to famed Inch beach, where the wild Atlantic hugs the Celtic shores. Wild Atlantic Way Your drive along Dingle Bay and the Atlantic Coast continues with even more breathtaking views. You’ll also drive along the well-known Wild Atlantic Way, and head to the other side of the Dingle Peninsula, where you’ll have spectacular views of Tralee Bay and the remote landscapes of the Dingle area. Inch Beach Inch Beach, stretching along the Atlantic coast for miles, is one of the most famous beaches in Ireland. Stop for a walk on the sand and admire the views of a site that has appeared in many movies.

5 best day trips from Dublin

Day trip to Kilkenny

1. Day trip to Kilkenny

Venture into Ireland’s Ancient East on a day trip from Dublin to Kilkenny. Over 400 years old, this charismatic town is bursting with attractions and things to do. Patrol the old city walls or tour the refurbished Kilkenny Castle and browse the local crafts at the Kilkenny Design Center. To top off your trip, sip a pint of Smithwick’s after a tour of the brewery, which has been serving the city for over 300 years.

How far is Kilkenny from Dublin?

Just about 125 kilometers (77 miles) away, Kilkenny is easy to reach for a day trip. By car, bus, or train the trip should only take about 90 minutes.

Day trip to Howth

2. Day trip to Howth

Spending a day in the charming fishing village of Howth is one of the most popular excursions from Dublin. Home to one of the oldest occupied buildings in Ireland, no trip to the village is complete without a stop at Howth Castle. Built in 1180, the castle has been used as a setting in numerous films and was also featured in the writings of Irish literary giant James Joyce. Before you leave the village, make sure to see the ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey, originally founded by the Vikings. If you have time, head out to sea on a boat tour to one of the nearby islands to observe the wild nature of Ireland.

How far is Howth from Dublin?

Just on the outskirts of Dublin, Howth is only 18 kilometers (11 miles) from town. The close proximity gives you plenty of time to spend in the village, with your journey only taking about 30 minutes by car or by bus.

Day trip to Glendalough

3. Day trip to Glendalough

Get outdoors with a day in County Wicklow’s majestic and historic Glendalough. In this “valley of two lakes", travelers can get out and tour the structures of a medieval settlement dating back to the 11th Century. Stroll along the dramatic Wicklow Way, and explore The Gateway and The Round Tower. For the more adventurous, the area’s granite hills have been a long-time favorite destination for rock climbers coming from Dublin.

How far is Glendalough from Dublin?

You can make the trip of just over 50 kilometers (31 miles) to Glendalough in about one hour by car. By bus, you will want to plan ahead, as there is only one direct private bus service, which should also take around one hour.

4. Day trip to Drogheda

Take a trip from Dublin and journey into the past to Drogheda, a must for any history lover. Best known for the prehistoric site of Newgrange, travelers can explore the mythological home of deities, with its neolithic burial mounds and rock art. Aside from the archaeological site, check out the Millmount Complex and the towering St. Laurence’s Gate. Don’t forget to make the time to hop over to the Hill of Tara for an experience fit for a king.

How far is Drogheda from Dublin?

Just over 50 kilometers (31 miles) away, Drogheda makes for a simple day trip. By car, you can reach the historic town in just 40 minutes. If traveling by bus, allow for up to an hour and a half.

Day trip to Cork

5. Day trip to Cork

One of the liveliest cities in Ireland, visitors are spoiled for choice on a day trip to Cork. In town, you can admire the gothic Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, take in the views from Elizabeth Fort, or simply explore the English Market for some traditional Irish fare. Nearby, you can visit Blarney Castle to follow in the footsteps of countless authors, poets, and politicians and kiss the famed Blarney Stone to receive the “gift of gab" — if you dare.

How far is Cork from Dublin?

If you plan ahead, the 254 kilometers (157 miles) from Dublin to Cork is well worth the journey. Driving by car or by bus, you can reach your destination in just under three hours.

Dublin day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

No matter what part of Ireland you’re trying to reach, there are always several different options for how to get there.
  • • Dublin day trips by train

    While train travel is a great option between certain cities in Ireland, the rail network is not as extensive as in other European cities. If you plan to travel by train, make sure you check schedules in advance.

  • • Dublin day trips by bus

    For travelers who aren’t renting a car, the bus is your best option for day trips from Dublin. Buses can reach more rural destinations that may not have train stations or connections. Many guided tours will be conducted by bus as well.

  • • Dublin day trips by car

    If you want to truly take control of your day trip, a car is an excellent option. A car allows you to efficiently reach remote destinations across Ireland that may not have the best bus service, and to truly get off the beaten path.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is always an excellent option, especially for day trips to more rural destinations. Skip the headache of planning, bus schedules, and entry tickets and let a guided tour arrange your day trip. Tour guides can always provide you with insider tips and interesting facts that can turn your day into an unforgettable experience.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Many guided tours will provide everything you need for the day, from tickets to hotel pick-up and drop-off. However, Ireland is notorious for its chilly weather, so extra layers or a light raincoat are always smart to bring along for your trip.


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What people are saying about Dublin

Overall rating

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Derek is probably the funnies, kindest and the most professional guide I've ever met. He's such a credit to the company and Ireland as a whole. Incredibly charming and knowledgeable, he made a rainy day one full of sunshine. The tour is wonderful, first Cliffs of Moher, an old monastery and finally Galway. They all have different aspects that anyone can enjoy. JP the driver was excellent, bravely roaming through very narrow roads and keeping everyone safe, and he made a great team with Derek. I would recommend this tour to anyone and would love to do it again myself.

Derek and JP, guide and driver, were wonderful. We loved them because they made us laugh and the guide told us a lot of news about Ireland and a lot of anecdotes. They were very kind and super helpful. Unfortunately the day was rainy but it was even more of an adventure. The time to devote to the various activities is not a lot but adequate considering the fact that in one day you can see many things! Super satisfied, I recommend this tour

Perfect option when you do not have a lot of time for traveling by yourself and rent a car! I absolutely recommend it! It was the great day!:)

Perfect, the guide was very nice and the Giant Causeway is awesome! But maybe the stop at Dark Hedges is not really necessary

10/10 would recommend. Guide and driver were both incredible - absolute class trip.