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Dressed for trekking, meet your guide, a former coastguard member who knows the area intimately, near Howth Harbour and set off for your walking tour of Howth.

Climb the hill up and out of the town, then continue through the ancient woodland. As you travel over the rustic trails and paths, listen to your guide's narrative about the history of Howth, including its legends and fables.

Reach Aideens Grave, the magical portal tomb that is said to be a gateway to the underworld. Walk through the unusual jungle, imported to Ireland from the former Siam by Lord Howth centuries ago. In the woodland of the southern peninsula, trek through heathers and heath of Shielmartin Hill toward a dramatic coastal cliff. 

Stop for a rest at Red Rock Creek, then search out some coastal caves (tides permitted), where you can see some of the marine life that thrives below the water line. 

Climb up the well-known cliffside paths to Baily Green. Walk back down into town via the old tramlines, returning to the harbor.
Locations visited
Howth Head
Blarney Castle & Gardens
Shane's Howth Hikes
Trek the coastal paths of the Howth Peninsula on this walking tour. Follow your experienced adventure guide along the cliffs and through the woodlands of this area, stopping at scenic overlooks and areas of spectacular natural beauty. Listen as your guide's commentary takes you back through the millennia in Irish history, including tales about the Vikings, Normans, Druids, and Celts.
  • Walking tour of the landscape of Howth
  • Learn about the history, legends, and culture of the area
  • Stop to rest and take photos at scenic viewpoints
  • Explore coastal sea caves (tides permitting)
  • Led by an expert trekking guide and former coastguard member
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I, along with my brother and my Mom, were the only three people who signed up for this during one of the Gray Line tours out of Dublin. It was the last day of our Ireland vacation. My Mom, who's in her 80's, has some...More

Thank Steve P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Fantastic hike!

I had a great time trekking with Zach and learned so much about the area I including some local lore. I am so glad I took the time to visit Howth and I highly recommend this family run tour.

Thank frodosuz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fabulous tour last Friday, ably guided by Conor who had a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories. Howth is an amazing place - stunning scenery and full of Irish history. Spanning from the modern marina to the 4 thousand years old Aideen's Grave,...More

Thank Charles S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best hike ever

The tour lasted for about five hours in a group of eight. We were mainly off the main road, and this allowed us to access a view of Howth that was really breathtaking and unique - this is far better than the views one would...More

Thank Alysia L
shaneshowth, Owner at Shane's Howth Hikes, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Alysia L, That is a very kind and helpful review. The day was all the better because you were part of the group. I do hope you get a chance to come again, but be sure to tip me off, so we can show...More

Reviewed July 13, 2018
We had a perfect day

Shane took us on a great journey from 11 - 17h in a group of eight. There were great people, beautiful views, caves, and even a swim in the sea. There was alot of interesting Information about the History of Howth to be had and...More

Thank Frederik E
shaneshowth, Owner at Shane's Howth Hikes, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Frederik, Thank you for your kind words, and i remember the swim, on a hot day. It was great to get out with you and i trust you went on to a pleasant and convivial evening. Is mise, le meas, Shane

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August 7, 2018|
Response from ranella1 | Reviewed this property |
This hike has some treacherous areas with brush and mud and uphill. Scale 1-10 I say 6-7. Views are well worth it and we did test and take breaks. Hope that helps
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