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From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

1. From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Tour the vast Wicklow Mountains and see the monastery of Glendalough. Lose yourself in the medieval lanes of Kilkenny. Depart from Dublin and set off on a luxury bus to Glendalough. As you journey out of the city, your guide will fill you in on many interesting facts and fun stories about Dublin. Arrive at Glendalough, considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the monastic settlement and some free time to explore the area or relax at a local café. The more adventurous can opt to take a hike to the Upper Lake and return via a boardwalk (approx. 2.5 km). The route takes you past the Lower Lake through a stunning nature trail that leads deep into the valley and on to the Upper Lake. Continue to the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive, your guide will tell you about its geology and history. Pass through famous movie locations featured in P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. Stop for a 10-minute photo opportunity at the Wicklow Gap before a scenic ride to Kilkenny. Once you reach Kilkenny, have free time to navigate the narrow lanes and historic buildings. Admire its extraordinary castle where you can picnic, or enjoy lunch in the local pubs. Then, join an optional guided tour of the city before making your way back to Dublin.

From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

2. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

Witness the dramatic features of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren on a full-day guided tour of Ireland’s west coast from Dublin. Explore the vibrant city of Galway and enjoy a pub lunch in Doolin. Depart from Dublin and learn about the region from your guide as you go west. Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher and follow the cliff path to the edge for breathtaking views over the Atlantic. Breathe in the ocean wind and hear the waves crashing below you. Get a bird's-eye view of the cliffs and see video of the underwater caves on a large multimedia screen at the interactive Visitor Centre. Continue to the charming village of Doolin for lunch in a local pub and spot the Aran Islands in the distance. Stop at The Burren and get photos of its otherworldly landscape. See rare orchids and admire views of the Baby Cliffs. Then, explore the vibrant city of Galway, known for its strong tradition of Irish music, language, and dance. Finish your day with the scenic journey back to Dublin. Expect jolly commentary, anecdotes, and even some Irish music to keep you entertained on the road to the capital.

Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

3. Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

A visit to the magical home of Guinness is a must on anyone’s trip to Dublin. Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the 7-story visitor experience tells the history of the world-famous Guinness Stout. Your adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, the pint-shaped heart of glass. As you make your way through the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll discover what goes into making the Black Stuff – the ingredients, the process, and the passion. Learn about the different award-winning advertising campaigns and slogans used to market Guinness. Having traveled through more than 250 years of history, end your tour at the Gravity Bar where you’ll receive a pint of Guinness. Relax and enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views over Dublin. Proof of Immunity for Gravity Bar required: Customers will need to provide a valid photo ID and Proof of Immunity on arrival to confirm that all are over 18 and are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. Under 18s who are in the care of a permitted person in an indoor setting, currently do not require Proof of Immunity. By purchasing these tickets you agree to only visit if you and your group are all in good health, symptom-free and have not had contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the last two weeks. Please check here for symptoms: Symptoms of COVID-19By purchasing these tickets you're confirming that if anyone in your group has been to or come from overseas recently, you have been complying with the latest COVID-19 governmental travel advice: International Travel

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

4. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. 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 around 1.5 hours. Go to the visitor's centre 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 ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

5. Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences. The new look Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin features 3 fully guided experiences. One of the Bow Street location and its facilities, a second one about those who make whiskey, and a third about those who shake whiskey. All are fully immersive and fun! Get an invite to touch, smell, interact and taste Jameson whiskey in the original Bow Street Distillery buildings. Visit the live maturation warehouse and get to taste some Jameson straight from the barrel. Then, enjoy a drink or two at the JJ Bar and raise a glass to life!

From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise

6. From Galway: Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Day Cruise

Take a day trip to the Aran Islands and see the Cliffs of Moher by cruise on this tour awarded the "Best Irish Experience 2021" award by travel2ireland and the ITTN. Enjoy exploring Inis Mór with an audio guide. Sail through the sea and take in incredible views of the Cliffs of Moher on your return to Galway. Depart from the Galway city docks and admire the stunning views of the Connemara and Clare Coast before arriving on Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. Learn about the history, heritage, and culture of the Aran Islands via an audio guide. Spend 4.5 hours on the island to enjoy sandy beaches, stone forts, and the serenity of island life. Your return journey takes you along the Cliffs of Moher. Formed 300 million years ago, the cliffs rise to a magnificent height of over 200 meters which you can only truly appreciate from the water. Listen to your audio guide while onboard to learn why the Cliffs of Moher are so iconic. See Ireland’s largest sea bird colony, 'An Branán Mór Sea Stack,' and a sea cave used during a Harry Potter film. Watch out for puffins, dolphins, seals, and basking sharks that call these waters home.

1-Hour Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

7. 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.

From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

8. From Doolin: Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Set sail from Doolin pier and embark on a voyage of discovery as you cruise along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy scenic views of the islands of Aran and amazing limestone rocks of The Burren in North Clare. Approach the Cliffs of Moher to get a fantastic view of the headland of Aill na Searrach, popular with surfers for the wave they call the Aileen. Continue to the large sea stack of An Bhreannan Mor, just below the highest point of the cliffs. Marvel at all the tiny people strolling around the Visitors Centre and O'Brien's Tower observatory as you cruise off the coast for about 20 minutes. Benefit from the services of the experienced crew who will point out areas of interest and help you look for sea birds, such as gannets, guillemots, razorbills and Atlantic puffins nesting on the rocks. Return to Doolin and enjoy more amazing views on the 20-minute journey back to the pier.

Galway: Scenic Cruise of Corrib River and Lake

9. Galway: Scenic Cruise of Corrib River and Lake

Set sail from Woodquay in the heart of Galway city. Travel leisurely down the River Corrib and onto Lough Corrib, the Republic of Ireland's largest lake. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while taking breathtaking photos of castles and other sites of historical and cultural interest. Lough Corrib is home to hundreds of islands and is a haven for many marine and wildlife species, so there will be plenty of scenic views to photograph. A full-service bar serves award-winning Irish coffee and other refreshments. The upper deck and fully heated saloon area are suitable for all-weather cruising. Toilet facilities are available onboard.

House of Waterford Crystal: 1-Hour Factory Tour

10. House of Waterford Crystal: 1-Hour Factory Tour

The House of Waterford Crystal Tour is more than a factory visit. We take you on a journey into the world of crystal. You’ll see each stage of the process that goes into making these pieces of art. We start in the history room, tracing Waterford Crystal from its birth. This part of the site features detailed exhibits of the firm’s development, and you’ll see some of their great antique pieces on display here. You’ll then proceed to the mold room, where wooden molds and hand tools are still used by master blowers to shape the molten crystal. From here we move on to the blowing room, where you’ll watch as craftsmen transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes. In the cutting department, master craftsmen use industrial diamond-tipped wheels to cut the crystal. The diamond wheel ensures a high quality cut to the crystal. The last two stages of the process involve sculpting and engraving, and are arguably the most precision-based stages in the creation of a piece of Waterford Crystal. Your tour ends with a visit to the retail shop, where you’ll see the largest display of Waterford Crystal in the world.

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What people are saying about Ireland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 36,148 reviews

Very nice experience, we stopped in many beautiful places, if I may suggest a little longer journey because the time in Galway was extremely short (1 hour in which we only had time to grab something to eat because is pretty crowded). Or skip the Obama plazza and stay longer in Galway.

Absolutely amazing trip. James, the tour guide was the best! Gave us a detailed history tour of Cork and had a great bike ride. I would highly recommend this- it’s a must for your break to Cork.

When you get the guy with curly hair and glasses, you just won the lottery. He's awesome :D I believe the way he talks is part of Irish cultural heritage.

Our driver was delightful, I’m sad I can’t recall his name, he made the experience 10 times better than it was on its own

Good experience! Nice trip , one of the top places you have to visit in Ireland