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“Long Walks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Howth Hills

Howth Hills
Howth, Ireland
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Ranked #3 of 18 attractions in Howth
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking
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Dublin Ireland
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“Long Walks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I go here all year around and any visitors i have i bring there. This is a brilliant area to visit. It caters for all ages. There is the walks along the hills whcih can take up to 4 hours to complete. Then there is the harbour area where you can dine and walk along the pier or even fish if you like. Fabulous place one of my favourites.

Visited December 2012
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Ennis, Ireland
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“Invigorating and inspiring at any time of year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

I have taken this walk a half-dozen times, at all times of the day: noon, dawn, and in the small hours by moonlight. I've walked in clear sunshine and in cold December drizzle. It is always a great hike and meditation. Starting up the hill from Howth village, you have brilliant views looking back over the harbor, and as you round the hillside all of that disappears and you are left with just the heather and gorse around you and the rocks and sea below. The only sounds are usually the birds and the waves. After walking for 45 minutes, you come in view of Howth Head, with Dublin, Wicklow, and the Sugar Loaf in the distance. You can then rejoin the road or continue around the cliffs. Layers of clothing are essential in chilly weather, and sturdy shoes that don't mind mud. The steep parts are at the beginning and at the end, with fairly level going in the middle. People with weakness in the knee joints may find the stairs at the start a problem; I am thinking about my mother, who might not be able to manage a few of the overly tall stairs.

A bonus of this walk if you stop at the summit is that you can wait for the #31 bus and ride it back down while sitting on the upper level. On a bright day, this short ride gives splendid views of Howth.

Oh, and if you're starting upwards from the village, there's a tiny place on the way serving tea and refreshments, with books to browse. Could be even better if you're taking the walk in the downhill direction, because there are no toilets for use once the tea takes its effect!

Visited December 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“great walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

historic location ,Norse vikings first invaded Howth in 819, Normans 1169
great fish restaurants around harbour
good views over city and mountains from the top

Visited April 2012
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Dublin
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“Incredible Views, Country meets City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Howth is not much of a secret place these days and neither are the hills that are often crawling with visitors. Do yourself a favour and visit.... take the DART as it's a nice train ride in itself just getting there.... and when you get there, try and get of the beaten track. Check some of the lesser known walks around the hills, especially the old tramline walk direct from the station to the summit. Plan to arrive at the top for lunch or evening meal at the Summit Inn, enjoy a dram by the fire on a winters day or a cool G&T in summer, then catch the bus outside back to the city centre.

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Dun Laoghaire
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“A place to retreat to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

While living on the south side of the city I have been a visor to Howth for many years. It seems to call you back. Very peaceful...glorious views of Dublin and Ireland's Eye. Walk across this great parkland and work up an appetite for a fish supper on the pier at the end of the day. You might be somewhere in France or Brittany

Visited July 2012
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