Our most recommended things to do in Ireland
1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour
Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information.
Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for 2 hours.
Go to the visitor's center for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves.
Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest gro...
It was a lovely day and we were able to see so much of the cliffs and Galway. I wish we had more time in Galway, but overall it was a great day.
2. From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Tour with Cruise
Depart Galway and journey through the lunar landscape of The Burren en route to the Cliffs of Moher. Pass pretty villages like Kilcolgan and Ballyvaughan en route to Doolin. Board the ferry for a 30-minute crossing to Inisheer, and keep a look out for bottlenose dolphins on the way to the smallest of the Aran Islands. Get some free time to explore the ancient sites at your own pace. Use the time to hire a bike or explore by pony and trap. Cruise beneath the Cliffs of Moher on the return ferry crossing. Then, travel to the eco-friendly visitors center, where you can stroll along the cliff top before the return trip to Galway via the famous "matchmaking" town of Lisdoonvarna.
Damien gave us an excellent tour. He was a lot of fun and very good at his job. The Aran island tour is well worth the trip. Very picturesque landscape and has to be seen in person to fully appreciate the beauty of the area. Would recommend this hands down
3. Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours
Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse.
Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun! You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, simply rejoin the tour when you’re ready.
Tour the streets of Dublin o...
Anne was my driver and she could be clearly understood and was funny and knowledgeable.
4. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, and Belfast Tour
Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on this day trip from Dublin. Visit the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast.
Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast to buy lunch and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Th...
Special thanks to the driver Vedran, very professional and knowledgeable. He has a kind heart that he always consider dropping off customer to the closest and convenient location. As for Daniel the young energetic tour guy, he is the first person I met during tour, bring gifts and games onboard to cheer up customers, great job! We enjoyed the trip so much, Giant Causeway, Belfast Titanic and the famous filming location Black Hedges. We have a wonderful and memorable day at Northern Ireland! Highly recommend this trip!
5. Glendalough, Wicklow, Kilkenny & Sheep Dog Demonstration
First, make your way directly to the fantastic little city of Kilkenny. Enjoy 2 hours walking down the cobbled streets and visit castles in a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland back in the 11th century. You can also visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice with its magnificent round tower. After leaving Kilkenny, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop at the Monastic site of Glendalough. This is truly a scenic drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. A 10 minute photo stop to get a few pictures of this outstanding view is also included. Arriving in Glendalough, you will have around 2 hours to explore one of the most beautiful sights in Ireland. An area renowned for its magnificent scenery and Monastic ruins dating back to the 10t...
We had wonderful experience with this tour. Our tour guide Jess are very informative and the driver Pavel keep us safe during our tours. It was worth and amazing experience.
6. 1-Hour Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise
Discover the lakes of Killarney on this magnificent 1-hour cruise Cruise on Killarney's largest lake, Lough Léin (the lake of learning) in the comfort and safety of a modern glass-covered boat. Drift through the islands on board the MV The Lily of Killarney watercoach cruiser and relax in the beauty and splendor that surrounds you. You also may be fortunate to see the magnificent Red Deer herds that roam the Killarney valley, and the elusive White Tailed Eagle which resides in the region. Throughout your tour, your captain will share his insight and knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the area. Recorded tours in French and German are available upon request.
Very enjoyable & relaxing tour with excellent knowledge by our tour guide & skipper.
7. Connemara & Cong: Full-Day Tour from Galway
This full-day excursion to Connemara and Cong takes you to see the hidden Ireland that’s off the main tourist route. This is a magical day spent in typical Irish countryside. See the region come to life with stories from the past and its many legends - from killer sheep to lake monsters! The first stop is at Ross Errily Friary. This hidden 14th-century monastery is located just outside the village of Cong. You’ll have time to explore Cong Woods and see Ashford Castle, or just stroll through the town that was the setting for the 1950s classic film “The Quiet Man”. As you enter Connemara, you’ll see Lough Nafooey, known as Ireland’s most haunted lake. You’ll note the stark beauty of Connemara as you continue on your route, arriving at Killary Fjord in Leenane. Those staying in hostels can opt to hop off at Sleepzone Connemara - just let the tour operator know in advance! Head back inlan...
We enjoyed our tour and our guide immensely. It was a great introduction to the Galway/Mayo countryside.
8. Cliffs of Moher Tour and Galway City from Dublin
The Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay are both iconic Irish sites that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. See these spectacular sights, take a short hike at the Burren, enjoy lunch at a traditional Irish pub, and see historic castles along the way. Detailed Itinerary 6:50 AM: Begin your adventure that will take you from Dublin to Ireland's west coast. As you head west you’ll pass the Guinness factory and Kilmainham Jail, and later the Curragh horse racing track and some of Ireland's historic castles. 10:40 AM: Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher, walk along the edge of the cliffs and take in the spectacular views. On a clear day you’ll be able to see the Aran Islands. Entrance to the site and the interactive show inside the visitor center are included in the tour price. 12:45 PM: It's time to head to Doolin village for lunch. Well-known for its traditional Irish music, Do...
I had a great trip. Our guide was Bud, a super cheerful guy who made what could feel like a very long bus ride a lot of fun and fly by! He gave good tips for where to go on the stops. The cliffs are beautiful and we got enough time to trot around and take photo's. We had a tasty lunch in the pub with very quick service as well. The ride from the cliffs to Galway is full of gorgeous views. The stop in Galway was just long enough to have a good stroll around the centre. I would 100% recommend going on this trip.
9. From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take the Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tour from beautiful Galway and see some of Ireland’s most attractive landmarks. In fact, sights in this area have only recently appeared in Harry Potter's Half-Blood Prince and also in another movie classic, The Princess Bride. This tour is a true must for any visitor to Ireland. Taking you along Galway Bay, the first stop on the tour is the quaint fishing village of Kinvara to see Ireland’s famous Dunguaire Castle, built in 1520. We then proceed to the vast rolling hills of The Burren, home to diverse and rich plant growth and containing about 75% of Ireland's native flora. The Burren is also the location of numerous ancient Irish monuments. On the tour, we will see many of them such as the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort, home of the little men with green ...
It was a stunningly beautiful experience. The tour guide was friendly, fun and kind. He made sure we saw amazing things on the tour. And the restaurant he stopped at for lunch was the best fish and chips I had in Ireland. Highly recommended! Definitely a lot of bang for your buck.
10. Glendalough and Wicklow Half-Day Tour from Dublin
Travel out of Dublin and into the countryside around on a 5-hour morning or afternoon tour to Glendalough and Wicklow. The tour begins with an introduction to Dublin City, as you head south toward County Wicklow, known affectionately as the Garden of Ireland. Sparkling lakes, dense forests, and romantic babbling brooks make this a spectacular scenic drive and a fine day out from the big city. You will also see the scenery made famous by films such as Braveheart and P.S. I Love You. Make your way over the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough, the valley of the 2 lakes. Enjoy a relaxing walk to the Upper Lake and explore the monastic ruins of St. Kevin's monastery. Then enjoy lush surroundings as you make your way through the Sally Gap before returning to Dublin.
Well worth the trip. Thoroughly enjoyed. Trip was planned with enough time to enjoy the scenery. We'll informative all through and answered any questions that passengers had. Tour guide was great. Would book again for future visits and highly recommended.
The inspirational Ring of Kerry is a popular driving route guaranteed to bring visitors through a variety of tiny towns they won't want to miss. This most scenic ride in Ireland is best done by narrated tour to give explorers information only a native would know.
Visitors won't want to miss the so-called "Rebel County," Cork, a magical place natives call "the real Capital of Ireland." The site of the famous "Wars of the Roses," was settled by Vikings over a thousand years ago.
Pub crawls are a tradition among visitors and residents alike. To avoid only trendy tourist places, it's best to take a Pub Tour guided by an Irish native. But travelers wishing to get back to nature will want to see the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Home to over 30,000 birds living along a 300 million year-old river bed, the Cliffs offer amazing scenic displays. Nature buffs will also want to visit The Wicklow Mountains, a haven for wildlife and natural beauty.
Guided tours insure travelers of seeing the real Ireland in the least amount of time and savvy travelers know the best way to do that is to leave the mapping and planning to the experts.
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