Dublin, being the Irish capital, is the perfect base to see many Irish attractions. In this article we reveal the 10 best day tours from Dublin, ranked.
Fancy discovering as much as you can while in Ireland, but want to stay at your Dublin base? No problem, because there is a vast amount of day trips from Dublin to keep you occupied during your Irish trip.
We are here to break it down for you and give you some Irish inspiration when it comes to planning those day trips to catch a break from the city fanfare. So, here are the 10 best day tours from Dublin, ranked.
10: Newgrange and Hill of Tara Day Tour – Ireland’s Ancient East
Sit back and relax as you drive through the Boyne Valley via coach, ticking off the beautiful harbour town of Howth, the historic Hill of Tara and UNESCO Heritage site Newgrange, which is older than the Egyptian pyramids.
9: Giants Causeway and Belfast City Day Tour – the best of the North
This full day tour is a great way to explore Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction, the Giants Causeway, as well as enjoy everything that Belfast City has to offer, with the option to take a political black taxi’s tour.
8: Giants Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge Tour – for the beauty of the Antrim coastline
This day trip, from Dublin, takes you to the Giants Causeway, a mystical area in Co. Antrim, as well as giving you the chance to cross the swaying Carrick-a-Rede bridge. This is another tour also includes a trip to Belfast.
7: Game of Thrones Film Locations & Giants Causeway Tour – for the GOT fans
If you’re a keen GOT fan and also fancy doing some scenic sight seeing, then this is for you. You’ll get to tick off all the film locations as well as the famous Giants Causeway along the way.
6: Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour – make the most of the west coast
This tour includes both rail and coach journeys. From Limerick you will get to see most of the major west coast sights, including the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Galway City and The Burren, all in an action-packed day.
5: Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way & Galway Tour – the Wild Atlantic Way
Short on time? This tour allows you to head west to explore the Wild Atlantic Way by guided tour as well as stopping to see the amazing Cliffs of Moher and of course the vibrant city of Galway.
4: Blarney Castle Day trip – head south to Cork
Who hasn’t heard of the Blarney Stone? Well, at Blarney Castle you can get up close with the famous monument, as well as strolling off to see Cahir Castle and the renowned Rock of Cashel, all in a day tour from Dublin.
3: Kilkenny, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Sheep Dog Trails – delve into the Wicklow Mountains
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the awe-inspiring Glendalough and visit Kilkenny Castle, as well as having a sheep herding demonstration. This true Irish experience and one of the best day tours from Dublin!
2: Cliffs of Moher – Ireland’s premier tourist attraction
This day tour takes you by coach to the counties of Clare and Galway, taking in many of the tourist attractions you’ve come to see. Head to the sheer Cliffs of Moher, the harbour village of Doolin, the unique Burren National Park and Galway City.
1: Wild Wicklow Day tour including Glendalough – one of the most popular day tours from Dublin
This extremely popular day trip takes you just a couple of hours south of Dublin, to the Wicklow Mountains National Park. You will drive through the picturesque and iconic Sally Gap which will give you a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and lakes, as well as taking in the history of the monastic settlements at Glendalough. All in a day’s work!
So, whether you have a few days to tick off some of these tours, or merely a quick day to spare, you will get the most out of your time with any of these day tours from Dublin. Avoid the hassle of renting a car and navigating our tiny roads and instead sit back and take in the scenery, while getting a history lesson at the same time.
Ireland is, after all, a small country, so maybe some of the sights you planned to see you opted out of, thinking it would be too much in a short time. However, in actual fact, they are very easy to reach from the capital.
Unpack in Dublin and use your free time wisely to take you out and about to the depths of the Irish coast and countryside. You certainly wont want to miss out when you realise how attainable it is to explore far and wide.