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Dublin Environs Travel Guide

Plan Your Dublin Environs Vacation

Walt Disney himself couldn't have planned it better. The small counties immediately north, south, and west of Dublin—historically known as the Pale—seem expressly designed to entertain and enchant sightseers. The entire region is rich with legendary Celtic sites, gorgeous gardens, and the most elegant Palladian country estates in Ireland.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Newgrange Just standing amid these 5,000-year-old tombs (which predate the pyramids), you'll wonder how did they build them?
  2. A Day at the Races The Irish may like a drink, but they really love to gamble, as you'll discover in Kildare, center of the Irish bloodstock world. Punchestown in spring and the Curragh in summer are both unique, passionate racecourse experiences.
  3. Spectacular Georgian Country Houses Modesty was not a feature of the Anglo-Irish class, whose propensity to flaunt their riches led to such over-the-top stately homes as Castletown, Russborough, and Powerscourt.
  4. Wicklow Is for Walkers There's no better way to meet the locals and see the land than trekking out on the 137-km-long (85-mile-long) Wicklow Way, Ireland's most popular trail.
  5. Early Morning at Glendalough Before the tour buses arrive, channel the spirit of the 6th-century, isolation-seeking St. Kevin.

When To Go

When to Go

While certainly not the wettest part of Ireland (the West gets that dubious distinction), the counties around Dublin do get their fair share of ra...

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