A small yet one of the most phenomenal places are the capital of Ireland, Dublin. Located on the eastern coast of Ireland, Dublin is a perfect mélange of culture, heritage, and hedonism. The city is home to the most heart-warming hosts in the world. This fact is buttress by the award that the city grabs. The city flaunts the title of the friendliest city in Europe, not once but twice. It is holding an entire Georgian legacy reflected in its architecture. It is a lot more than an archetype. The lush green land makes a striking pair of rolling hills. The hue of the clear sky and ocean grabs the attention of many with its first glimpse. The city itself is an epitome of natural beauty and cultured legacy.
Why travel miles to explore Ireland when the bests of the country are right at the doorway of Dublin? Gear up yourself for a trip to explore and unfold the best of life by visiting these amazing places sited in the near hinterland of Dublin.
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Want to get the glimpse of the peaceful living in this mad rush of life? Then Howth, a harbor village situated 16 km northeast to Dublin city centre, is the place. After a train ride of 20 minutes, you will be at the doorstep of this tranquil community. The people downhill are firm believers to lead a life in serenity and harmony.
While the rest of the world is running speedily behind the materialistic things, the dwellers of Howth are intact with this lunacy. The village is positioned on the rocky peninsula which has a beautiful backdrop of a bracing cliff top walks around Howth Head.
The magnificent coastal views further intensify the experience. Baily lighthouse, Lambay and Ireland’s Eye islands are other remarkable places to visit. Just sit on the shore and watch the mesmerizing beauty of Irish Sea while the sun is bidding goodbye for the day.
No other place on the earth can make you realizes the simplicity and easiness of life like Howth. The undying heritage of the village is as enthralling as it natural beauty. Howth Castle is an opus of architecture.
It is home to Gaisford-St Lawrence family since the 12th century. The summer season put on show the colorful rhododendrons and an azalea gives us an obvious reason to visit this castle. Though it doesn’t not entertain the localities is the main sphere, the castle houses the Kitchen in the Castle cookery school.
Enrolling for short-term cookery classes during your short stay will give you hands-on experiences with the local cuisines. Don’t skip a sumptuous meal at The Oar House, West Pier. The menu has a lot to offer starting from fish and chips to sea bass fillets.
How to reach – Reach here after 38 minutes drive from Dubline via R807 and R105
2. Brú na Bóinne
A UNESCO world heritage site and the fertile valley, Brú na Bóinne, is a site of three passage tombs of world significance Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. It is situated on the bank of river Boyne, 40km to the northwest of Dublin. Newgrange, a passage tomb which dates back from 3200BC, is a construction that worth millions words of appreciations. The out-of-the-ordinary construction is a result of supreme art and technique. The circular dry stone walls with 80 m across and 13 m height come into being by using 200,000 tones of earth and rock.
A 19 m long tapered enter way will give access to this one of its kinds construction. The huge carved stone all around the way looks like as if they are guarding the tomb. The carved spiral design on the stone will definitively leave you in awe. The entry passage is set up in such a way that it allows sunlight of rising sun to make an illumination effect of the visitors.
How to reach – One can arrive at this valley after 44 minutes drive via M1.
3. Enniskerry and Powerscourt Estate
Situated at a distance of 20 km south of Dublin, Enniskerry and Powerscourt Estate can be reached after a short drive on the road surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The charming village is surrounding by the Wicklow Mountains. Powerscourt, situated at the heart of the estate, is the finest example of 18th-century’s art and culture.
This Palladian mansion is bounded by verdant gardens which give you an enthralling view of County Wicklow countryside and Great Sugar Loaf Mountain. In a fatal fire accident, occurred in 1974, the house lost much of its original beauty. At present, it houses Avoca, a leading café and shops that deals in clothes and house wares. The beauty of the place further enhanced by Powers court Waterfall, situated at River Dargle.
Almost 400ft high, the waterfall makes the surroundings an ideal place to find the peace of mind in the resonance of the water. Take a break from your monotonous life and drop by here to explore the beauty of the estate and gardens. A walk on the crisscrossed trails will rejuvenate you from the core.
How to reach – Come here after 48 minutes drive via M50.
This old-fashioned yet cosmopolitan town is framed by its fishing port. Dingle can be reached after a 4 hours journey to the south-west coast of Ireland from Dublin. The journey itself will leave you in awe. The narrowed roads are surrounded by quaint landscapes. It is a living example of Irish history.
It is one of Ireland’s largest Gaeltacht towns. Whale watching is another activity that lures tourists to visit this place. The whale and dolphin watching on the tranquil harbor is indeed a pleasure. One dolphin named as Fungi is the star of this town as it literally comes to talk with the traveler when they are in the water. The town owns an aquarium which is famed for its different species of Atlantic fish and reptile.
Dingle often referred as a “Pub Town”. Don’t forget to have a sip of local brew with fresh fish in a traditional Irish bar or pub and we are sure that your senses will be uplifted by all means. These inside-out colorful pubs with lively bartenders will serve you everything from world famous brews to the local cocktail.
Other than that, Murphy’s Ice shop also deserves a stoppage before bidding the place final goodbye. The delicious homemade ice-creams are the best in the country and the best way to finish your day trip.
How to reach – Hit the road of M 7 and you will reach here after 4 hours drive.
Glendalough or the mystical Glendaloug, is a scenic valley situated just a distance of 25 km south to Dublin. If you really want to have an understanding of Irish hospitality, then visit Glendalough. The place is mystical and magical in all sense.
Whether it is lush green ground that gives an impression of carpet or the unusual yet striking St Kevin’s Cross, it has all elements that a wanderer looks during the trip Because of its mystic beauty, calling it as an epitome of rugged beauty won’t be erroneous.
Nestled in the heart of Wicklow Mountains National Park, between two majestic lakes, Glendalough definitely deserves a visit. This monastery town houses many churches along Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. There are monuments, towers, churches, and tombstone all over the place and each construction is unique and distinct in itself.
The Gateway, The Round Tower, St. Kevin Cross, St. Kevin’s Bed, The Cathedral, The Priest’s House and St. Saviour’s Church are some brilliantly constructed edifices that will leave you in awe. The Sundays down here on a bright sunny day is usually very busy with people enjoying golfing, fishing, and hiking.
You can also take the delight of cycling in the diverse landscapes as the varied routes and backdrops are not only breathtaking but also numinous. Whether you a novice or professional cyclist, the town has a lot offer you both.
The higher you climb, the spectacular is the view. Hire a bike at Rathdrum and Roundwood and explore this trail. Because of its diverse natural beauty, Wicklow referred as the “Garden of Ireland”. The place is the home to the myriad of majestic formal and informal garden and parks. So, have a glimpse of Mother Nature’s splendor down here.
How to reach – You can reach this monastery town after an approximate drive of 1 hour via M50 and R755
6. Cliff of Mohar
This out-of-the-ordinary location is sited at the distance of 266 km from Dublin. Cliff of Mohar is situated in the rural community of Liscannor at the south-western edge of The Burren area near Doolin. The cliffs down here are as high as 400 ft above the Atlantic Ocean. The highest cliff is of 702 feet height. Because of their enormous beauty, these cliffs have been filmed number of times.
Apart from altitudes, you can witness the history down here. In the beds of Namurian shale and sandstone, you can catch a sight of 300 million-year-old river channel. The vicinity is home to 30,000 birds of 29 species. You can spot hawks, gulls, and guillemots along with eminent Atlantic Puffins.
Cliff of Mohar has been rated as one of the most famous tourist places of Ireland where you can experience the peculiar of nature with basic amenities. To have a bird’s eye view of the cliff and its dwellers, an IMAX- type multimedia shows are conducted by the city council.
Moher tower, Hag’s Head, is another attraction of this area. The tower appears as remnants of a watchtower positioned to keep an eye on the coastline and guard it against invaders. There are many cruise services from Doolin Pier and undoubtedly, it is the best way to explore this site. The rough and choppy water current may turn your traverse a collar roaster ride.
How to reach – Reach out here after 3 hours drive via M6.
Nestled in nuzzle of county Laosis, Castletown is the tidiest village in Laosis. Pleasantly situated on the bank of the river, Nore, it is a small community of 59 houses. A village of 59 houses! Doesn’t it fascinate you? Yes, it does. It does to the extent that people across the globe come to see the ethnicity, neatness, and respectability of the village.
The opulent interiors hold a major impression of Italian culture. Polished marbles, ornate plasterwork, a wall covered with silk damask and Aubusson carpets are some highlights of the magnificent architect and interior.
The Long Gallery’s roof is bejeweled with long chandeliers. The exquisite work on walls is as breathtaking as the lush green exterior. In the midst of all this superior architecture, there is one bizarre and conical tower, Wonderful Barn, adjacent to Castletown. Take a day off and spend some time in the lap of world-class artistry.
How to reach – You can reach to this township after 1 hour ride from Dublin via R 110 and N
8. Killiney Beach
Beaches are always wonderful, so is Killiney Beach. This gorgeous stretch of coast to the south of Dun Laoghaire gives an enthralling view of Dublin Bay and Wicklow promontory. It is picked as a picnic spot in summers by many localities. Thanks to its picturesque landscapes and amazing shore. Unlike all other beach, it is a stony seaside which makes it an ideal spot to explore tidal pools and swimming. All the adventure- seeking souls hit this place as soon as they get a day’s off.
How to reach– Reach this pebbly beach after 40 minutes drive via M50.
Dublin and Cork are entirely different pictures of Irish culture and civilization. While the Dublin is a busy and bustling town with zesty people and zealous culture, Cork is a settlement with a sense of tranquility. It seems like a little sleepy brother of Dublin.
Despite the area and calmness of the town, it is a worthy place to explore. The cobblestoned alleys, packed pubs, live performances and hush atmosphere will definitely give of one of its kind experience. Never forget to get shot of world-famous Whisky form Jameson distillery, situated at the heart of Cork.
How to reach- Reach this contrasting township of Ireland after 2.5 hours drive from Dublin via M7 and M8.
If you are a wanderer who always yearns for something out-of-the-ordinary, these day trips from Dublin are surely going to gratifying the traveler soul inside you. Take a day’s off from your busy schedule and gear up yourself to explore best of Ireland just at a stone’s throw away.