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On Dublin’s Doorstep are counties Kildare, Wicklow and Meath that surround Ireland’s capital. These places offer a serene alternative to the city with glistening lakes, scenic pasturelands, tranquil forests to explore and local towns, rural life and traditions to experience. All with easy access to take in Dublin. The Hidden Heartlands are centered around local communities and bring you the best of Ireland. Lifestyle can be discovered across a lattice work of land and water trails showcased by the iconic River Shannon and eh Beara Breifne Way.

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What to do

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The water offers leisurely boat trips, water sports and great fishing, while numerous walks, cycle and pony trekking trails allow you to take in the view, or explore the quaint towns and villages of our rural heartlands.

Seans Bar Althone Dublins Doorstep


LOCAL TIP: Sip a pint with the locals in Sean’s
Bar in Athlone, Ireland’s oldest pub!

LOCAL TIP: Why not take a journey of taste and
true character at the home of Tullamore Dew?

Glendalough Dublins Doorstep Ireland


Explore the beauty of Glendalough’s glacial valley
and montastic settlement, or explore the seat
of the High Kings and tombs that pre-date the
pyramids in Bru na Boinne with a PRIVATE DRIVER.
8hrs | from $356†

Viking Cruise Dublins Doorsteps


Jump aboard and step back over 1200 years on a
VIKING CRUISE from Athlone down the banks of
the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river.
Daily | from $23†

Where to stay

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Ballyfin Demesne Hotel Ireland Laois

Ballyfin Demesne | Ballyfin, Co. Laois

Ballyfin is steeped in Irish history and the site has been settled from ancient times. The house itself has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland. Over the past decade the magnificent estate has been painstakingly restored to become a small hotel like no other.

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Barberstown Castle Hotel Dublins Doorstep

Barberstown Castle Hotel | Straffan, Kildare

Barberstown Castle built in the 13th century provides a personal and memorable experience. Dublin City and Airport just 30 minutes away.

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Lough Rynn Castle Hotel Dublins Doorstep

Lough Rynn Castle | Leitrim

Lough Rynn a magical castle hotel, a place where old world elegance mixes seamlessly with unimaginable modern luxury.

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The K Club Fountain

The K Club

Dunboyne Castle Hotel Meath Ireland Tours

Dunboyne Castle Hotel

Carton House Hotel Ireland

Carton House

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin Ireland

Fitzpatrick 's Castle Hotel

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Trips That Visit Dublin's Doorstep...

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