As much as we all agree that both Dublin and Galway are absolutely awesome (and they are!), there is so much to see on any of our recommended day tours in Ireland that it would be shame not to take them!
From Dublin, check out (in no particular order):
Wicklow & Glendalough Tour
Wicklow is known as the “Garden of Ireland”, and you can see amazing scenery and experience breathtaking views on this tour through Irish countryside. You also get to see some of the famous film locations from P.S. I love you and Braveheart. You will get to walk through Glendalough, one of the most beautiful visitors’ destinations, and see why are people drawn to “the valley of the two lakes” for centuries. Depending on which tour you take, you might even get to see Dunmore Caves and Kilkenny in the same day!
Carrick -a- Rede, Giant’s Causeway and Belfast tour
This is absolutely unforgettable coastal tour with loads of scenic stops. If you like taking pictures, this is the tour you should be on! Tour to north usually includes Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge, where you get to walk 30 meters over the sea level, on a rope bridge traditionally erected by fishermen. You also get to see Giants Causeway, remarkable volcanic rock layered area created over 60 million years ago! Tours will usually include Belfast as well, and we absolutely recommend you have a look at the murals.
Game of Thrones tour
If you know your Lannisters from your Starks, this is the tour you will LOVE, as it visits key film locations from Game of Thrones! Tour includes film location of Winterfell (where you can try your hand in some archery!) as well as visit to Tollymore Forest Park, location of numerous scenes from the series.
If Neolithic tombs are more your thing, you should not miss Newgrange! It was built in 3200 BC, and is therefore older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids! You get to play Indiana Jones as well, with a tour taking you deep into a tomb! Not to be missed
From Galway, check out:
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs are the most visited tourist sight in Ireland, and if you want to see why millions of tourist go and see them every year, this is your chance and it should not be missed! You will get to marvel the views from the top of the cliffs, soaring more than 200 meters over the sea! If you are staying in Galway for few days, use the opportunity to check out Cliffs of Moher cruise and see them from completely different perspective!
You will get to have a coffee at the edge of Lough Corrib- the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland, see the stark beauty of the hidden valley of Connemara and make a stop at Kylemore Abbey & Garden, the most visited attraction in the West of Ireland! Complete with tales of killer sheep to lake monsters, this is a day to remember!
You can also do tours of Cliffs of Moher and Connemara tours from Dublin, but then you are missing out on Galway itself, and that is just a shame to do! Look how pretty Galway is:
We can book all these tours (and more) from our reception at either Barnacles Temple Bar hostel or Barnacles Galway hostel, so just let us know which ones you prefer! We often have better rates than usually available, so make sure to ask us about the deals
Barnacles hostels are award winning hostels located in the heart of entertainment in Dublin & Galway! Both hostels have various private rooms and dorms, all ensuite, inclusive of breakfast, free WiFi and free hugs! We run daily walking tours and nightly events to make it easier for you to meet other travellers and have a craic!
See you soon!