With its sweeping coastal highways and meandering country lanes, Ireland appears tailor-made for road tripping. Hiring a car offers the chance to explore off the beaten track: Watch the rugged landscapes unfold in front of you, and stop off at traditional villages or remote beaches along the way. Whether you want to check off sights on a cross-country jaunt, tour the famous Ring of Kerry or escape into the mountains, here are five of the best road trips from Dublin.
Category: Top Attractions
July 2, 2015
Most visitors opt to spend a weekend in the capital, but with so many sights to visit and easy transport links to all of Ireland’s top attractions, it makes sense to extend your trip a little longer. With one week in Dublin, you’ll have ample time to discover the city, as well as the surrounding sights, and you’re unlikely to be short of things to do. But just in case – here’s our suggestions for the perfect week in Dublin.
June 4, 2015
With more than 1,752 acres of grassy parklands, landscaped gardens and attractions, Phoenix Park clocks in as Europe’s largest enclosed urban park and it’s an enchanting spot to escape the bustle of downtown Dublin. First established as a royal deer park in the 17th century, it boasts an abundance of woodland and natural wildlife habitats, and is still home to a herd of fallow deer, as well as the Dublin Zoo, famously one of the world’s oldest zoos.
April 23, 2015
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.
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.