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Day Trips from Dublin

Before I arrived in Dublin several family members, including those in Ireland, encouraged me to visit Newgrange. I knew very little about this Megalithic Burial site and didn’t think I’d have time in my schedule. I was wrong. I only had a few days to explore Dublin, but considering much of the city is within one-hour walking distance, I covered a lot of ground each day. I am happy I squeezed in the half-day trip to Newgrange. I soon discovered Dublin is a great starting point for several scenic adventures.


Entrance to Newgrange Burial Chamber

Entrance to Newgrange Burial Chamber

Less than an hour drive from Dublin, in County Meath, lies the Boyne Valley (Brú na Bóinne). In the Boyne Valley you’ll discover the fascinating Megalithic Burial Mounds of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth. Newgrange is the oldest, built around 3200 BC. A narrow inner passage leads to a small burial chamber. The structure is quite remarkable, built over 5000 years ago, the roof has never leaked. Knowth was built shortly after Newgrange and offers two passages ending with burial chambers. Access to these World Heritage sites is by guided tour. The burial mounds at Dowth are not part of the tour, but can be reached through a short drive or walk. It is estimated that a work force of 300 would have taken 200 years to build these mounds.

You can book tours on the Newgrange website, with Mary Gibbons Tours or take a shuttle bus with Over the Top Tours. Newgrange is open year-round with its biggest day being December 21st, the Winter solstice. On that day, the artificial lights in Newgrange will turn off as the natural sunlight (if it’s sunny) shines directly through a window over the front entrance, and into the burial chamber, lighting up the entire chamber for one hour. Visitors enter a lottery to witness this natural phenomena, which takes place at 9am.

Wicklow Mountains/ Glendalough

If you’re looking for an adventure, consider a day trip to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough. Wicklow is often considered the “Garden of Ireland.” The areas are most popular for the Sally Gap, Glenmacnass Waterfall, and filming locations of Braveheart, PS I Love You, and Excalibur. You’ll also see Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara, and Man of War Pub, one of Ireland’s oldest pubs where you can pull your own pint and see how Irish coffee is made. You can book a tour through Discover Wicklow or Over the Top Tours.

Cliffs of Moher

Stunning Views from the Cliffs of Moher

Stunning Views from the Cliffs of Moher

Located along the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The Cliffs offer some of the most incredible views in Ireland. Although not a quick trip by any means from Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher are worth the day trip. Depending on whether you drive alone or take a tour (recommended), the drive is about 3 hours each way. Paddywaggon Tours will take you to Limerick, the Cliffs, Doolin Village (traditional music capital), and Bunratty Castle. You can also check out Viator Tours or Cliffs of Moher Tours.

A Fall Journey Through Ireland

Toted as one of the best study abroad locations, the Emerald Isle is also one of the world’s most beautiful places to explore. I had dinner with relatives visiting from Ireland last week. My goal: to win them over.  My plan succeeded and I have been granted housing as soon as I can make it across the Atlantic. Call me crazy, but I love traveling during the fall and winter. The coolness in the air mixed with the warmth of the holidays. In Ireland, it doesn’t matter the time of year, you could have rain one moment and blue skies the next. Here are some great reasons to check out Ireland this fall.

County Cork & the Southwest

Find Hidden Treasures in Ballyvourney

Find Hidden Treasures in Ballyvourney

Cork is the largest county in the Republic of Ireland and home to the country’s second largest city. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney stone. Check out the picture perfect seaside town of Kinsale, just south of Cork City, with its quaint, narrow streets and abundance of gourmet restaurants. Capture Irish language and culture at its best in the small town of Ballyvourney, which borders County Kerry and is surrounded by forest and mountain landscapes. It’s also home to the holy well and burial mound of St. Gobnait. In Cork, stop and pay your respects to the monuments at Cobh Heritage Centre, which honor two ill-fated ships: the Titanic and the Lusitania.


Imagine seeing U2 in their hometown. The city that spawned the legendary rock band also stands as one of the most popular spots in all of Ireland. Visit Bunratty Castle; have a dinner with cabaret at the famed Abbey Tavern; enjoy a brewery tour and tasting at the Guinness Storehouse; or check out the Old Jameson Distillery. To continue the Nobel Prize hysteria, Dublin is the only city to honor three winners in the same category. William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett all won the Literature prize.

Ireland's Coast Will Leave a Mark

Ireland's Coast Will Leave a Mark

Galway & the West

Want to get a taste for the West of Ireland? Start your travels in Galway! The fourth largest city in Ireland, Galway has retained much of its small town charm. It boasts a lively arts scene as well as a classic Irish culture. Don’t miss the Galway Aquarium, which houses 170 marine and freshwater species, including: seahorses, stingrays, sharks and the skeleton of a Fin Whale. You’ll also want to stop by the Claddagh Ring Museum. Maybe you’ll find one home for a special someone back home. Ireland is known for its amazing views of the Altantic Ocean, so don’t miss the spectacular sights from the Cliffs of Moher

The list goes on but you get the picture.

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