Discover Our Capital City
Shannon Airport is a little over two hours by motorway from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin and you can easily get there by bus, train or rental car. When you land in Shannon, you’ll love the relaxed atmosphere here and it will get you ready for the next step of your journey.
And a trip around the Dublin region could be that next step. More than a bustling European capital, Dublin’s surroundings have very much a personality and character of their own. Only in Dublin can you combine beautiful coastal walks and charming villages with city living. From Wicklow down south to County Meath north of the city, you’ll enjoy a region brimful of Irish culture, history, and natural beauty.
Dublin’s local train service or DART will bring you on a tour of wonderful villages and towns along the eastern coast, with each one having its own distinct personality. Dalkey is for the star-struck as its home to some of Ireland’s most famous people including U2’s Bono and The Edge, Neil Jordan, and Enya. Close by is Dun Laoghaire and as well as being a bustling port town, it’s a perfect launch pad for catching a Dublin Bay Cruise north to the fishing village of Howth where you’ll savour some of the best seafood in Dublin.
Just beyond Dublin lies a few gems that you can take in with day trips from the city and are just not to be missed. For generations, visitors have flocked south to Glendalough in County Wicklow for its spectacular scenery, history, and archaeology. And no trip to Ireland’s eastern coast is complete without venturing north to County Meath and the world famous Hill of Tara, an archaeological site that was reputedly the seat of the High King of Ireland. Or take a trip west inland and you’ll hit the iconic centre of the Irish thoroughbred racing world at the Irish National Stud farm in Kildare, known for its Horse Museum and Japanese Gardens.
Walk the walk
If walking is your thing, you’ll certainly be in step around Dublin. While the Howth cliff top walk is an easy one, the Montpelier Loop Trail/Hellfire Club brings you on a 4k trail of scandal, tales of debauched aristocrats and murder in the Dublin mountains! And if that’s not enough, the daddy of them all in this neck of the woods is the Kiltipper to Glencullen Way which at 32km will give you a full day out and all by just grabbing a tram bound for Tallaght from the city centre.
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