Top 6 Day Tours In Ireland - Updated 2021

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Michelle Jamie
Michelle Jamie

Ireland is best known for its Saint Patrick’s Day and for being the second highest consumer of beer in the world. But besides these superficial facts, it is also home to majestic landscapes, rolling mountains, and one of a kind adventures. So, fasten your seatbelts, relax and take a deep breath, because we’re bringing you Ireland’s six best day tours, with just one click of a finger.

1. Visit the Cliffs of Moher - Day trip from Dublin (from USD 62.0)

The Cliffs of Moher are situated on the west coast of Ireland, near Liscannor Village in County Clare. It is easily accessible via public or private vehicles but most tourists opt for package tours with a side trip to Burren National Park. The Cliffs of Moher are 8 km (5 miles) long and offer an endless panoramic view that will leave any tourist in awe. The cliffs will make you experience nature in its purest form. Taste the salt in the air, hear the birds chirp and smell the ocean breeze, as you wander the edge of the world.

This day trip from Dublin will allow you experience a full day tour with a guide that will take you to the amazing cliffs, as well as the cities of Doolin and Galway and a walk in Burren National Park. Travel is by luxury, air-conditioned coach and also features a lunch at a local pub (extra cost). The price of this tour ranges from 50 EUR (58.86 USD)

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

Duration: 13 hours

10 reviews

2. Galway city tour

Shop and stroll in the amazing city of Galway. The streets are packed with shops that offer souvenirs, cute postcards, and Claddagh rings. You shouldn’t miss Charlie Byrne’s used bookshop, book lover or not - it’s a delight for the mind. Before sunset, head to Galway Bay and enjoy the stunning view of the coastline, country houses, and the lighthouse.

Finally, end your day with a bottle of your choice while munching on fish and chips and listening to live music at the King’s Head Pub in the city centre of Galway.

Galway city tour

Price: from 12 EUR/ 14.12 USD

Website: Galway city tour

Galway city bus tour

Price: from 10 EUR/ 11.77 USD

Website: Galway city bus tour

3. Dingle dolphin boat tour

This tour will take you to a fishing village on the southwest coast of Ireland. From Dublin, you’ll be travelling four hours to get to this magical spot. A lot of tourists flock to this village to see the famous dolphin, Fungie. Dingle offers tours around the harbour, where Fungie is usually spotted.

Fungie comes alongside the ferry and interacts with the passengers. If you want to see more aquatic creatures, you have to go to the Dingle Aquarium and be fascinated by the different species of reptiles and Atlantic fish.

Dingle dolphin boat tour

Address: Unit 2, The Tourist Office, The Pier, Dingle, Co Kerry, Ireland

Website: Dingle dolphin boat tour

4. Giant’s Causeway tour

Causeway coast
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Giant’s Causeway is a unique piece of landscape that formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. In 1986, it was hailed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. According to legend, it was the remainder of a causeway that was built by an Irish giant, named Fionn MacCumhaillor or Finn Maccool. This site is located in the County of Antrim in Northern Ireland and it will take you four hours of travel to get here. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the causeway along the coast.

Giant's Causeway day tour from Dublin

Address: 5 Beresford Place, Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 Ireland

Website: Giant’s Causeway day tour from Dublin

5. Kilkenny City, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough day trip from Dublin (from USD 43.0)

Kilkenny - Kilkenny castle 2
Source: Photo by user Aldebaran used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Kilkenny is a medieval city, just one and a half hours from Dublin’s city centre. Kilkenny Castle was an Anglo-Norman stone castle, built for the Earl of Pembroke. Today, it is managed by the Office of Public Works. This day tour will take you to the majestic castle by luxury, air-conditioned coach and you’ll also get to explore Wicklow Mountains National Park en route to Glendalough’s medieval monastic settlement. Tours start at 35 EUR (41.20 USD)

Kilkenny City, Wicklow Park, and Glendalough Tour from Dublin

Duration: 10 hours

10 reviews

6. Dublin dinner cruise by Guinness Barge (from USD 52.0)

Guinness Canal Barge MV Cadhla
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Take a two-hour cruise on the “Guinness Canal Barge MV Cadhla” and see Dublin from a different perspective. The ship is a replica of the exquisite 1920’s boat that used to transport Dublin’s famous stout beer around the city. Sail your way through 200-year-old canal locks while watching on as the crew safely opens and shuts the locks, manually.

Aside from the scenic views, the cruise also offers a three-course traditional Irish meal. Enjoy a selection of drinks from their onboard bar while looking at the mesmerizing view of the city skyline. Ticket price ranges from 47 to 50 EUR (53.57 to 56.99 USD), depending on chosen tour agency.

Sample Menu:

For starters, there is a black pudding and bacon salad, followed by the fresh vegetable soup of the day, served with homemade brown bread. The main course includes mild, green, pasture-reared chicken curry, roast beef, pan-fried fish of the day and sweet root vegetable stew. For dessert, choose from the chocolate brownie, cheesecake or apple tart.

Reminders before booking: * The ship is not wheelchair friendly * Check in 15 minutes before the tour * Beverages are excluded in the ticket cost

Dublin Dinner Cruise by Guinness Barge

Duration: 2 hours

35 reviews

Experience the best tours in Ireland

There is so much more to Ireland than leprechauns and beers and you shouldn’t miss these six tours when you visit Ireland. Ireland is a country that has a lot to offer, so make sure you spend more than a week here to really experience the country.

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