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10 of the best day trips from Dublin by car

Scenic day trips from Dublin

With its vibrant culture and 1000 years of history, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. But depending on how much time you’ve got, you’ll want options for day trips from Dublin and to make the most of longer stays, you’ll need the inside track on the best road trips from Dublin.

We’ll look at best places to stop whether you are driving from Dublin to Galway or staying closer to home. Find out more about scenic day trips from Dublin to the Wicklow Mountains and get tips on how to drive from Dublin to Belfast.

Our pick of Dublin road trips are easily accessible by car rental from Dublin city centre or Dublin airport. You can leave after breakfast and be back in time for tea (or a pint of Guinness).

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Planning a Dublin road trip

Just 171 miles (275km) separate the east and west coasts of Ireland from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic Ocean while from Donegal in the north to Cork in the south, there is a little over 300 miles (486km). With such a variety of scenic countryside within easy reach a road trip around Ireland from Dublin has so much to offer.

Dublin is perfectly placed at the midpoint of the east coast of the island of Ireland. For anyone thinking of going on a Dublin road trip, the capital offers great access to Ireland’s network of motorways (roads prefixed with a letter M), national roads (roads prefixed with a letter N) and secondary routes as well as winding country lanes. The capital is well connected with the rest of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland making a drive from Dublin to Galway or a day trip from Dublin to Belfast within easy reach.

Travelling along the Dublin Bay coastline is possible on public transport via the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) electrified railway network. But if you want to kick back, ditch the timetables and enjoy the spontaneity of independent travel, hiring a car makes sense.