Despite being located on Ireland’s rugged Irish Sea coast, Dublin is rarely thought of as a beach destination, and many visitors to the capital never venture further than the River Liffey. For those looking to escape the busy center or cool off during the summer months, there are a number of great beaches near Dublin, linked by a network of scenic coastal drives and hikes.
Category: Top Attractions
April 9, 2015
A 175km drive that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland, the Ring of Kerry is one of Ireland’s most famous tourist routes and for good reason. The scenic road winds its way along windswept coastal cliffs, through traditional Irish villages and beneath the country’s highest mountain range, serving up one jaw-dropping view after another.
April 8, 2015
This month, one lucky traveler will win a ‘Game of Thrones’ Filming Location Tour for 2! Read on to find out more…
February 12, 2015
Ireland’s first waymarked trail and now one of the country’s busiest long distance hiking routes, the Wicklow Way stretches from the southern suburbs of Dublin through the rugged Wicklow Mountains range, finishing at Clonegal village in County Carlow. Stretching for 129km, hiking the whole trail takes an average of 7 days, but less enthusiastic walkers can also enjoy day or weekend hikes, taking in the most scenic sections like the hike to Glendalough, a popular day tour from Dublin.
October 23, 2014
Tired of playing second-fiddle to its southern neighbor, Northern Ireland has finally stepped out of the shadows in recent years, rising to fame as the principal filming location for HBO hit Game of Thrones. Don’t be put off by its small size – diminutive Northern Ireland still packs in an impressive number of unique attractions and with the sights so close to together, it’s easy to take in the highlights on a day or multi-day trip. For those short on time, visiting Northern Ireland from Dublin makes a popular choice, with the border just over an hour from the Irish capital and the 2-hour train journey from Dublin to Belfast among the country’s most scenic.
October 9, 2014
Endless sightseeing and nights out might have to be put on hold if you’re traveling with kids in tow, but thankfully there are plenty of fun things to do in Dublin as a family. Whether you’re entertaining hard-to-impress teenagers or looking for something to keep under-10s amused, here are 40 amazing things to do in Dublin with kids.
September 25, 2014
Irish folklore is full of tall tales, myths and legends, but few local customs are as famous as ‘kissing the Blarney Stone’ – a bold feat said to bestow the benefactor with the fabled ‘gift of the gab’ (a natural flair for public speech and storytelling). There might be little proof to the rumors, but that hasn’t stopped the castle from drawing up to 300,000 annual visitors, each hoping that the Irish way with words will rub off on them. Just 2.5 hours from the capital, visiting Blarney Castle from Dublin makes a popular day or multi-day trip and is often combined with a visit to nearby Cork or a tour of the scenic Ring of Kerry.
September 11, 2014
Ireland’s reputation for gloomy weather and endless rain prevents many travelers from venturing there outside of the summer months, but with numerous festivals and favorable prices, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Dublin in fall. Here are a few ideas.
July 3, 2014
With cheap flights connecting Dublin to other European cities and train links to all of Ireland’s major cities, Dublin makes an easy choice for a weekend away and there’s plenty to see and do while you’re in town. Whether you’re first-time visitors trying to cram in as many of the sights as possible, planning a romantic getaway or bringing your friends for a weekend of drinking and dancing, here are some ideas for how to spend the perfect weekend in Dublin.
June 19, 2014
With over 100 years of history and the home of Ireland’s traditional Gaelic Games, Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium is one of the city’s most iconic sporting landmarks, and while sports fans will get a kick out of touring the legendary grounds, the stadium also offers some of the best views in the city from its rooftop walkway.