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1. Posted by Sarah-G (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I am wanting to go to Ireland for a few weeks this June and would love to hear suggestions for things to do and places to see that are not as common or touristy. Thanks!

2. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 193 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Ireland is a great place to explore ancient sites, to take in all the coastal views, to enjoy beautiful mountain walks...

What's planned so far? What's on the schedule? Maybe would be easier to help on more specific areas...

3. Posted by Sarah-G (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Any suggestions are welcome! If I go, I will be based out of Dublin for an internship and will be able to go to places farther away on the weekends and closer places in the afternoons. As of right now, I don’t have anything planned and am interested in almost everything!

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 686 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

> I will be based out of Dublin for an internship and will be able to go to places farther away on the weekends and closer places in the afternoons.

First the links for public transport (if you have a car the whole island is your oyster!) :

Train (includes Dublin's DART light rail commuter routes): http://www.irishrail.ie/

Local and long-distance bus: https://www.buseireann.ie/

Dublin LUAS (tram/light rail): https://www.luas.ie/

Dublin bus: http://www.dublinbus.ie

Northern Ireland buses & trains (including those which cross the border e.g. Derry>Dublin buses):

http://journeyplanner.translink.co.uk/web/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

Off the top of my head:

Belfast (by train or bus) and Derry/Londonderry (by bus) in Northern Ireland. Both are unmissable imo but remember you need GBP in NI and not euro.

Weekends in the Republic: Cork, Waterford, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny, Wicklow (and more).....all by train or by bus and all with their own options for daytrips by public transport daytrip.

Afternoon trips from Dublin by DART: Howth, Dun Laoghaire, Malahide and more:

https://www.visitdublin.com/dublin-dart-adventures

If you do hire a car I suggest weekends exploring a) the Burren and the coastal area nearby b) Connemara c) Sligo d) the mountains of Mourne, Carlingford, Warrenpoint.... e) the west coast between Killarny and Cork f) the Causeway Coast in N Ireland.....and much, much more! :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Apr-2019, at 10:48 by leics2 ]

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1518 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Newgrange if you're into the paleolithic.

6. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 174 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sarah-G

Any suggestions are welcome!

Closer to home:

St. Anne's Park in Raheny and Clontarf is a great place for a stroll, minus the crowds. This can be done in the afternoon. Dublin Bus operates several routes from the city center up Clontarf Road, where you can access the park. Or take the DART to Clontarf Station and walk along the sea to the park.

Count me in for Howth as well, but this village simply gets mobbed on weekends by locals and weekly by tourists during high season. To escape that there is a hike in Howth we find ourselves going to often called the bog of the frog. This winds along the dramatic cliffs above the village of Howth, with views out to the sea the entire way. So scenic and open are these trails, you will forget you are only 5 miles from the centre of Dublin. Several of the shorter trails loop back to the DART station, where a great chipper awaits after your seaside ramble. To find the trail heads, turn left out of the station and walk up hill for 10 minutes along the harbor.

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 686 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Andy, Newgrange is Neolithic, not Paleolithic! :-)

It's also pretty difficult to get to Newrange by public transport so, without a car, an organised daytrip from Dublin is the best bet.

Road, you're right that Dublin's coastal villages can get very busy at weekends but I'd assumed Sarah's afternoon trips would take place within the working week?

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Apr-2019, at 11:21 by leics2 ]

8. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 174 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Leics2

Loads of tourists visit Howth throughout the week in June and throughout the summer (peak season), which is when the OP may be there. Still worth a visit though, even if it's getting busier and busier in the village. Also, the OP seems keen on not too touristy options.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Apr-2019, at 11:33 by road to roam ]

9. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1518 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Andy, Newgrange is Neolithic, not Paleolithic! :-)

Doh! That's what I get for posting in a hurry!

10. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 686 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Andy: :-) (Confused TP stars with FB likes, soz...and duh!)

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Apr-2019, at 12:42 by leics2 ]