Howth is one of Dublin’s best-kept secrets! You’ve explored Dublin’s museums and pub scene, and you are craving an escape to nature. Does it mean you need to take a bus tour or hire a car and drive on the other side of the road? There’s Howth 🙂
The charming fishing village is easily accessible by both Dublin bus or (better yet) the DART train with fabulous sea views along the way. On the other side you’ll have a picturesque harbour with yachts and a lighthouse, some of the best fish and chips in Ireland, and a stunning cliff walk. It might not be quite the Cliffs of Moher but the views are just as breathtaking and don’t require an 8-hour return trip from Dublin!
A Day Out in Howth
As for Howth, take your time exploring it. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes – the hike can get a little rocky! Try to visit on a sunny day when you can take a leisurely stroll around the harbour, wave to the seals (they are frequent visitors there!) and maybe enjoy some soft-serve ice cream in the sun.
Start making your way uphill, along Howth Cliff walk (follow the signs!) and enjoy gorgeous views of Dublin Bay and blooming heather. At the end of it you’ll be met with the most incredible view of the Old Bailey Lighthouse – one of my favourite views in all of Ireland.
Turn right to walk away from the sea and towards the car park at Howth Summit. If you continue on up the road you’ll see the cosy Summit Inn where you can grab a refreshing pint or a meal after your hike. Right outside the pub there’s a bus stop for Dublin Bus Route 6 – it can bring you straight into the city centre, or you can go back to Howth Station and catch the DART back into town.
See a few highlights from my Howth engagement sessions!