It is easy to explore Dublin’s city center on foot. The Irish capital also boasts a convenient transport network which allows people to go wherever they want around the city. Visitors come to Dublin in millions every year to learn about the rich history of a city that has given the world-renowned literary figures, such as Joyce, Yeats, Shaw, and Beckett. They come to witness Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College and College Green, to shop on Grafton Street, stroll around St. Stephens Green, visit the Little Museum of Dublin, National Leprechaun Museum, and witness Merrion Square.
Kids will enjoy a visit to Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo, while adventure lovers will have fun taking day trips to the Cliffs of Moher, Dalkey Castle, and Killiney Hill. However, there’s a unique town located at a 20-minute drive from the East side of Dublin where people can experience what true Irish hospitality is all about.
Here’s What To Know About Hiking In Howth
Hiking in Howth is considered the most popular activity in town with beautiful views and fresh air enjoyed on a sunny day. People are left with a wide choice of trails when they intend to hike in Howth. The best of those is the Howth Cliff Walk Loop which circles the peninsula and follows the cliff tops. This hike is convenient for everyone since it consists of a total of six kilometers with easy terrain. People do not expect dangerous paths or extreme steep areas along this trail.
- Duration: The Howth Cliff Walk Loop needs between an hour and a half or two hours and a half to complete. The duration depends on how many times one wishes to stop for taking the most amazing photos during the walk.
- What to see: Along this hike, people will be excited at the sight of sea birds and grey seals with the mesmerizing views of the rugged coastline. People will also be amazed by the breathtaking views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island.
- When to go: The Howth Cliff Walk Loop is best visited during the week instead of on weekends when it’s less crowded, and one can enjoy the hike calmly.
Another popular hike in Howth is the 12-kilometer Bog of Frogs Loop, which despite its difficulty, is worth taking for the spectacular views it offers to those who walk it. This hike starts from the Howth Train Station and returns to downtown.
- What to see: People will witness the iconic Baily Lighthouse, Red Rock, much different marine life and wildlife along the Bog of Frogs Loop.
- Duration: The Bog of Frogs Loop needs around 3.5 hours to complete. This is why it’s essential to bring lots of water and sunscreen when planning to hike this trail. Also, people who intend to walk the Bog of Frogs Loop need to be in reasonable shape and wear suitable footwear.
A unique trail to complete is the Howth Summit. The latter offers the most breathtaking panoramic views over the whole region. Good walking shoes are essential since the path gets rocky.
- Tip: People who don’t want to hike the Howth Summit can access the top of the hill by bus number 31B or by car.
Howth Village Is Home To Fabulous Attractions
Shops and restaurants fill the quaint and traditional main street of Howth. People enjoy a tasty Guinness in town while observing the beautiful boats coming in and out of port.
- Where to eat: Seafood is particularly delicious at King Sitric’s Restaurant. People enjoy the meal with a fresh Guinness.
Any visit to this beautiful village in Ireland will never be complete without witnessing the unique Howth Market, where one can find organic meats, homemade jams, fresh fish, vegetables, breads, and cakes.
- How to reach: Howth Market is located next to DART train station and the harbor.
- Opening times: Howth Market opens on Saturdays and Sundays and on bank holidays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Another iconic landmark in the village is Howth Castle, located at a 10-minute walk from Howth Train Station. People enjoy the spectacular views from the top of this 840-year old castle.
- What to do: Howth Castle is open for guided tours only during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays in July, and only on Sundays from June to August. Tours take place at 1:45 PM and 3:30 PM.
- Where to eat: When visiting Howth Castle, people can indulge in a treat and coffee at the castle café. They can also book a cooking class there. The café opens from Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Information: During the week, Howth Castle remains a home for the historical family, which is why it’s closed most of the time.
St Mary's Abbey
From the Harbor, people can stop St Mary’s Abbey can be spotted. The latter is accessed by a 30-minute walk up the hillside, where people can wander through the abbey grounds and enjoy the sweeping views. While the abbey itself is closed, people can admire the tombstones explore the well-cared-for yard and the iconic ruin church.
Other unique attractions in Ireland’s Howth include Howth Lighthouse, Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio, and much more.