Ireland has so many amazing locations aside from Dublin. Being such a small country, it is exceptionally easy to get around to take a day trip, even without your own vehicle.

Day trip in Ireland
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Day trip in Ireland
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Ireland is, without a doubt, my favorite place in the world. I loved taking a day trip every weekend when I lived in Dublin. There’s public transport almost everywhere in Ireland, meaning you won’t need a car to get from Dublin to many of these amazing spots for a day trip.

For some remote or off the beaten path locations, there are tour companies that offer inexpensive trips that include the bus trip from Dublin for the day. Here are six amazing day trips in Ireland you can take from Dublin that don’t require renting a car.

Cliffs of Moher & Galway, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
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Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
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Galway is a vibrant city on the west coast of Ireland, perfect for a day trip from Dublin. Named 2018’s European Region of Gastronomy (the relationship between food and culture) and one of 2020’s European Capitals of Culture, this city in Ireland’s west is full of life and character. It is about a 1.5 hour drive from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher, a breathtaking natural sight of the world famous Irish cliffs.

Galway is about 2 hours from Dublin while the Cliffs of Moher is about 3 hours from Dublin.

Highlights in Galway: Eyre Square, Galway Market, and Galway City Museum

Blarney Castle & Cork, Ireland

Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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Blarney Castle was one of my favorite spots I visited when I lived in Dublin, Ireland. Home of the famous Blarney Stone, the Blarney Castle and its grounds are a breathtaking sight in southern Ireland. The Blarney Stone is not a standalone attraction, but sits within one of the castle’s upper walls. Lean back (with the help of an employee) to kiss the stone. The old tale goes that when you kiss the Blarney Stone, you’ll get the gift of gab. From Blarney you can check out Cork, the lovely city nearby known for its market and great riverside walks.

Cork is a 2 hour 45 minute drive from Dublin while Blarney is 15 minutes from Cork and 3 hours from Dublin.

Highlights in Cork: The English Market (highly recommended!), Cork City Gaol, and the Franciscan Well Brewery

Giant’s Causeway & Belfast, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland
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Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
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I highly recommend Belfast in Northern Ireland for a day trip to learn the city’s incredible history. When I took a day trip to Belfast, I took a Black Cab Tour, learning about the tumultuous history of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. North of Belfast is Giant’s Causeway, an incredible natural wonder that is almost too amazing to be real. The folklore surrounding the area says that the causeway was created centuries ago by giants, forming the amazing stones that make up the causeway.

Belfast is about 1 hour 45 minutes from Dublin. Giant’s Causeway is about 1 hour from Belfast and 3 hours from Dublin.

Highlights in Belfast: Crumlin Street Gaol, Titanic Museum, and a Black Cab Tour


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