Howth Head
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  • intothewoods_ie
    Dublin, Ireland15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the nicest Trail in Ireland if you can take over 15 km
    If you go uphill from the harbour, you enjoy good views, but these are only the cliffs nothing else. don’t stop hiking on the first half of the island. The second part which begins after the Lighthouse is most scenic. The views over there are much more fantastic . Then return to the harbour crossing the island through the golf club. This is one of the nicest Trail in Ireland..
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 18, 2023
  • WEBLEY80
    Birmingham, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Refreshing and relaxing
    A beautiful place for a day trip to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. The views are amazing, the whole vibe of the place was exactly what we needed. It's postcard pretty, well maintained great options for drinking and dining. The walks are stunning, relaxing and very beautiful. I adore this place. Great little market with some ace art and great fish & chips too. Could do with more public toilets
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Karen W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite views
    Well worth the quick and easy trip from Dublin on the DART. With an active fishing port, a playground for children, numerous shops and restaurants, there is something for everyone in this beautiful village. The hike up to Howth Head can be somewhat challenging depending on one's fitness level, but the views are breathtaking.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • John V
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery
    We walked around the full peninsula and were stuck by the beautiful scenery. Also the colourful vegetation was impressive. It took us 3,5 hours without stop. Lunch afterwards at mamo was surperb. On the negative; The tracks were very muddy at some sections, - so bring good footware. Also, the track was overgrown many places, - sometimes with unpleasant plants with thorns and stinging nettles.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • tommykristoffersen
    Harstad, Norway400 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view - great pathways
    Great walk along the seaside, nice colours, loveley view and well maintained paths/walkways. Time ran out and we wolked the more direct route back from the "summit" above the lighthouse. If you need to see a toilet before staring your roundtrip - do that in Howth before you go, the public toilet at the "trailhead parking" was something else and not for the faint of heart :-D
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 16, 2023
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Luis H
Zurich, Switzerland36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
John is the best guide ever.
Walking with great fun people and learning about that part of the coast in a fun way. At tume we’d laugh and sometimes there were even tears with a poem he recited.
Absolutely fantastic
Written December 30, 2022
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Milena G
Sofia, Bulgaria35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
There is convenient public transport to get there. The tour lasts about an hour and incredibly beautiful views are revealed in front of you. I recommend that you start from the highest point, as this way you will descend and the walk will not tire you. Finally you will reach the harbor where I recommend you to eat fish & chips in one of the neat restaurants by the shore.
Written April 7, 2023
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland4,911 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Completed the full (purple route) cliff walk on a beautiful sunny Saturday in August. We started at the Dart stadium and completed the the 12km loop in a clockwise direction.

There is a modest climb that takes you out of the village and onto the cliff paths. The initial 4km that takes you as far as Baily Lighthouse has the best cliff views and is therefore the most busiest part of the route.

The next 4km or is much quieter but has some great views too as you go around by Drumleck point and the Martello tower.

The last section takes you back inland across a golf course, a GAA ground and a house estate before that you back to the Dart station.

Overall, it’s a great walk but if you don’t fancy the full 12km loop , the out and back walk as far as the lighthouse would be a good alternative.
Written August 14, 2022
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Marius B
Cluj-Napoca, Romania67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Something worth seeing at the end of today, even it it's a bit rainy. Careful though, it can be very slippery on the wet rocks and make sure your phones are well charged as you might be spending some time taking many photos. Also, it's very windy.
Written January 5, 2020
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globalbob2016
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
If you are visiting Dublin and you long for a fresh seabreeze, this is a great opportunity to do some hiking. The walks are well marked and currently being upgraded. We did the purple circuit (12-15km) which offers great views to all sides of the peninsula, but there are also shorter walks. Take good shoes with you.
Written January 27, 2020
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MamaDanaMarie
Monterey, CA781 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We were visiting Dublin in March just as the corona virus was becoming a pandemic in the US so we had to change our flight to get back home quickly. Our last day in Dublin, we took the train to Howth to walk around. We found so many cool things to see and even though some places were already closed due to CV, we enjoyed a hike and watching cliff divers. We plan to return another time after things are back to “normal.”
Written May 25, 2020
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sfoneill
Dublin, Ireland44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you're in Dublin for a few days you might consider visiting Howth and doing the cliff walks. I would not advising bringing kids or young children on this walk as there are no barriers between the walk and the cliff edge. There are 4 walks you can do, the shortest is 4or5km and will take up to 1hour 30mins. The longest route will take around 3to4hours. The views are amazing as you look out over Howth and Ireland's Eye Island. Bring good walk shoes or boots, water and a rain jacket just in case of the changeable Irish weather. After you finish treat yourself to a well deserved pint or beautiful seafood in one of the many great bars and restaurants in Howth.
Written August 2, 2020
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Emsann
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We took the train from the city centre and that took us about 45 minutes. We had read the reviews and booked a restaurant before we left the city to make sure we got a good table.

We walked around for about 2 hours and it's just so lovely! Could not recommend it enough.
Bring a warm jacket as it can be pretty windy. However, it was all still with no wind when we were there and the sun set in the horizon. A magical day and evening.

Make sure to eat some of the newly fished seafood! Delish!
Written March 22, 2020
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Richard M
Craigavon, UK180 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Howth Head is a lovely walk but do not spoil it by visiting the pulic toilets at the pier. I couldn't believe that such a facility exists in Ireland in 2023. Reminded me of the old days when all public toilets were like this.
None of the taps at the sinks were working so no hand washing available.
Smell was disgusting.
This was very early am so no excuse.
My wife used the Female side and they were the same.
Does anyone in authority read this?
Shameful.
Written July 10, 2023
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Yy C
Evanston, IL14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took a train from Dublin to Howth. We had lunch at O’connells where food was great and nice view from second floor. Hiked up to the summit and enjoyed beautiful scenery. Got up to the parking lot, walked 5 minutes to bus stop and took 31 bus down to train station. We started late so we did not have time to walk through the village.
Written January 25, 2020
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