Scenic Half Day Trips from Dublin, Ireland
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While I was planning my trip to Dublin, I heard from people that the countryside of Ireland was the place to go, not Dublin. Since I only had a short three day trip in Dublin, I decided that the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway would have to be part of another trip to Ireland. Still, I wanted to see some of Ireland’s beautiful landscapes so I did two quick half day trips, and wow! It was rugged, romantic, and quite spectacular! Read on to see where I went and how.
Just 30 minutes outside of Dublin via train, there’s a scenic coastal walk beckoning your name. It’s saying, “Come; be enthralled in my beauty. Surround yourself in the greatness of where the ocean waves so hurriedly choose to meet the dramatic cliff sides.” Yes, that’s what I felt like the air, ocean, and cliffs were saying to me as I hiked around Howth Head. I felt like a small child frolicking around in Mother Earth’s playground.
I hiked a little bit past Howth Head Peak, then turned around and found this hike to be fairly easy. This comes from someone with widespread nerve pain, muscle tension, and chronic fatigue. If you want to walk more than I did, there are four walking routes around Howth Head such as the Bog of the Frogs Loop. You won’t need a map as there’ll be signs for these routes as soon as you get off the station.
To get to Howth Head, you can take the DART train from Connolly, Tara, or Pearse station. Tickets cost €6,15 round-trip as of 4/5/17 (updated fares here), but if you have a Leap Visitor Card, which includes transportation to and from the airport, then your fare to Howth is included! Another option is to take Bus #31 to get to Howth Station or Bus #31B to go to Howth Summit, but considering you might be stuck in a lot of traffic, I recommend taking the DART like I did!
Tip: My phone died on the train ride out there! Although I had mythat I’ve owned since 2014, I forgot the cord for my phone! So bring your charger and cord. If you don’t have data, then you can still use offline Google Maps on your phone.
Wicklow Mountains National Park
Wicklow Mountains National Park is a picturesque place full of dense forests, magnificent views, and peaceful lakes. The trees I even got bit of history with this nature-filled half day by exploring the old monastic ruins at the beginning of the walk.
To get to Wicklow Mountains National Park, I booked a half day tour with Paddywagon Tours for €22. They pick you up at three places in city center in either the morning or afternoon, which makes it quite convenient, and drive you about 45-60 minutes out to the park. You get 1.5 hours at Wicklow, a really comfortable bus with large windows and USB ports for charging your electronics, and a tour guide to give you bits of information on the way there! Book this tour here.
Note: Paddywagon Tours also has day tours to Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, and more. My younger brother did the day tour to Giant’s Causeway for €60 because public transportation to/from Belfast then Giant’s Causeway would’ve only saved him a couple of Euros and added a whole lot of hassle. I didn’t go with him because a full 12-hour day is too much traveling for me, but he came back absolutely glowing about the trip. If you can handle a full day of exploring and only have three days in Dublin, then book a day trip to the Giant’s Causeway, but if you’re like me and like to take it easy, make sure to go to Wicklow Park.
Now what are you waiting for? Get out of Dublin, and explore!
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