One of the great things about Ireland is that so much great stuff is packed into a country that is so easy to navigate. Most of the country can be visited on a day tour from Dublin. Even neighbouring Northern Ireland is on the cards. Natural and manmade wonders exist in harmony in Ireland. The manmade monuments range from the ultra-modern to those that date back thousands of years.
There are a surprisingly high number of day tours available from Dublin to various parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Figuring out which to trust and which to avoid can be a chore, so we’ve done the hard work for you to present the top five based on things like itinerary, price and previous guest reviews.
FROM: €50/per person
Dramatic, sheer cliff faces hurtle down into the Atlantic Ocean at County Clare’s most revered natural landmark. The cliffs are reached in an air conditioned coach that sets out early in the morning from Dublin. The drive alone takes you through picturesque countryside, but that rarely prepares people for the beauty of the cliffs. The guided tour also stops at the quaint village of Doolin before heading to the lunar like landscape of Burren National Park, before returning to Dublin.
From €40/ per person
All across Ireland, the Celtic heritage is palpable. While there is a strong strain of it in modern Irish culture, this tour explores the origins. There is the chance to witness 6000 year old petroglyphs in the Loughgrew Cairns, which are walk-through tombs of ancient rulers. An expert guide will be on hand to add context to the things witnessed on this trip. Other sites visited include 12th century Trim Castle, the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach and a walk through the ancient town of Drogheda.
From €22.5O/ per person
North of Dublin is Malahide Castle and Gardens, a 12th century castle with a storied past. This tour’s price includes the ticket for entrance to the castle, and half a day is allotted to exploring its medieval halls and lovely gardens. The tour also takes in some pretty coastal villages like Howth, all aboard a double decker bus. The big bonus of this tour though is the shorter distance, meaning more time is spent on location rather than in transit.
From €33/ per person
Verdant rolling peaks and troughs south of Dublin form the Wicklow Mountains National Park. This full day tour passes through them, stopping at the photogenic Glendalough valley, where the guide will show you the best viewpoints. There is a stop at the ruins of a 6th century monastery, one of Ireland’s oldest, before pressing on towards the medieval town of Kilkenny with its famed castle and cathedral.
From €60/ per person
Northern Ireland is well within a day’s reach of Dublin, and tours to UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant’s Causeway are well worth the three hour coach journey. Not only will the guided tour take in the famous hexagonal natural wonders, but a visit to Dunluce Castle nearby is a chance to learn more about the local history and folklore. The tour’s final stop involves a brief introductory tour to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital, before returning to Dublin.