Four Day Trips from Dublin

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When coming to visit Ireland, you’ll likely fly into Dublin. Ireland’s capital city is definitely worth a few days of your time, but it can be fun to take a day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here are four day trips from Dublin, all of which are easily accessible by car, train, or bus.

Howth

Howth is a fishing town in north Dublin. There are a variety of great seafood restaurants along the West Pier like The Oar House, Deep Restaurant, and Crabby Joe’s. At the end of the pier, you can take a 15 minute ferry with Island Ferries to the nearby island of Ireland’s Eye, which has a variety of different seabirds. If you are lucky, you may even be able to see some seals in the water. If you want to get active, you can hike one of the trails along Howth Head for some beautiful views of Howth, the seaside and Dublin. If you would rather relax head to the Howth Market to browse through the locally made food and handcrafts. To get to Howth take the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) from Dublin to Howth and get off at the last stop (Howth). Bus routes 31 and 31a from Dublin also go to Howth.

  Lighthouse in Howth, Ireland.

Malahide

Malahide is a village north of Dublin in Fingal County. Many people come to visit Malahide to see the Malahide Castle and Gardens. This castle dates back to the 12th century, and daily tours are offered with the admission price (Adult €12.50, Child €6.50, Seniors €6.50). A short walk from Malahide Castle and Gardens in the Village of Malahide where you can enjoy a pint at a traditional pub like Fowler’s, or Duffy’s. A ten-minute walk from the village is Malahide Beach where you can enjoy great coastal views. You can also walk along the beach to nearby Portmarnock. To get to Malahide take the DART from Dublin toward Malahide and get off at the last stop (Malahide). Bus routes 42 and 142 from Dublin, as well as bus route 102 from Dublin Airport goes to Malahide.

Malahide Castle

Skerries

Skerries is a small town north of Dublin, which is rumoured to be one of the first places St. Patrick (the patron saint of Ireland) visited when he came to Ireland. You can walk the 2.5km from Skerries Beach to South Beach. As Skerries is coastal town kayaking, sailing, surfing and other water sports are quite popular. Skerries is well known for its massive windmills, which have been standing since the 16th century. The town hosts several festivals each year including the Skerries 100 Road Races in July and the Skerries Soundwaves Festival in September. To get to Skerries take the commuter train from Dublin Connolly Station to Drogheda or Dundalk, and get off at Skerries. Bus routes 33, 33a, 33n, and 33x all go to Skerries from Dublin.

Windmills in Skerries, Ireland

Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire (pronounced like Dun Leery) is a seaside town south of Dublin. The East Pier walk offers views of Dun Laoghaire, Dublin Bay, and south Dublin city. At the end of the pier, you’ll find the East Pier Lighthouse, which was built in 1847. Inland you will find People’s Park, which has gardens, tea rooms, a playground, and a market (running every Sunday afternoon). Museum lovers will want to check out the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (admission €6) that has displays and artefacts on Irish maritime history. Book lovers will want to visit the James Joyce Museum in Martello Tower in nearby Sandycove (about a 10-minute walk from Dun Laoghaire). To get to Dun Laoghaire take the DART to Bray or Greystones and get off at the Dun Laoghaire stop. Bus routes 7, 7a and 46a all go to Dun Laoghaire from Dublin.

Sunset in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

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About the Author: Alouise

Alouise Dittrick is a freelance writer originally from Edmonton, Canada who is currently living in Dublin, Ireland. She writes about travel, theatre, and music on her blog Take Me to the World. She is excited to discover more of Dublin and the rest of the country while she is in Ireland. You can follow her adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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