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Dublin - scenic day trips

I would like to have 3 scenic day trips from Dublin. I love lakes, mountains, gardens, etc. I would prefer if I can do some light walking. This is my first trip to Dublin. I've heard of Cliffs of Moher but is it possible as a day trip? How do I get there?


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Cliffs of Moher is clear on the other coast of Ireland and would take several hours to reach, so it wouldn't work as a day trip. You might consider a trip to the Wicklow Mountains, south of Dublin. Glendalough and Powerscourt are possible destinations, particularly if you will be traveling during "garden" weather.

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I'm travelling in early October. Is visiting the scenic areas beautiful that time?

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I haven't been to Powerscourt during October, but their gardens are wonderful at other times. The mountains and Glendalough are worth seeing any time.

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Actually, it is possible to take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, but you need to be willing to pay the price. See Your best choixes would be (1) The Cliffs of Moher, Burren, and Galway Bay; (2) The Giant's Causeway, Glens of Antrim, and Wild Atlantic Coast; and (3) The Wicklow Mountains, Ballykissangel (Avoca), and Glendalough.

Bus Eireann also offers a tour of the Wicklow Mountains and a tour of Newgrange & Boyne Valley. See

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Definitely check out the Bus Eireann and Irishrail tours. I have taken the Giants Causeway,(irishrail) and the Newgrange and Powerscourt-Glendalough tours with Bus Eireann and found them all to be enjoyable.

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The Hill of Tara and Trim Castle are both reasonably close to Dublin and can be done in one day. Glendalough is definitely worth seeing.

I wouldn't try to do the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin. You'll spend most of the day getting there and back. See the sights around Dublin this time, and go to the West Coast the next time.


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I was just in Ireland last week. Glendalough would make a good day trip. You could easily spend a day there. If you like mountains and lakes, this is a good spot for you! Enjoy.

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One day I would suggest Newgranage.We were in Ireland and it was one of our highlights.

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Go through the Sally Gap, to Glendalough. The journey is its own reward. This time of year the wild heather should still be there contrasted by white sheep
Visit the Rock of Cashel
Powers Court
it's not easy getting out of Dublin. Lots of traffic

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just were there mid-August. We took a bus tour from Dublin to Newgrange and Hill of Tara through Mary Gibbons tours. Took about 6 hours. We got to go inside the tomb at Newgrange-some tours don't go in