Howth Cliff Path

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Howth, (County Dublin)

The Howth Cliff Path is a walking tour that will take you to the best of the Howth Peninsula (Co. Dublin). The 7.1km route takes you to the heart of a magnificent wilderness where land and sea coexist gracefully. The trail offers breathtaking views of the sea, Howth Lighthouse and its cliffs. You’ll be amazed!

Do the Howth Cliff Path

A hike to explore the Howth Peninsula

If you like nice walks with beautiful panoramas as a reward for your effort, then you won’t be disappointed to do the tour! It must be said that the path to do the walk is quite hilly and not very difficult, but the surrounding view is breathtaking!

The hike takes about 2 hours to complete the loop. The path is marked from end to end and alternates between earth and asphalt depending on the places. Nevertheless, there are some very narrow and muddy passages on the edge of the cliffs: be careful!

Nevertheless, good sneakers or hiking boots will be more than enough to do the circuit: the level is easy and the walk can be done with the family.

The Howth Cliff Path is a rather nice loop to do. You can get to Howth easily from Dublin, by taking the DART, or the bus. And the spectacle is immediately at the rendezvous: among the spots to be admired, let us count especially the Baily Lighthouse, a splendid Irish lighthouse at the end of the Peninsula. Always active, it watches tirelessly over the coming and going of the boats. Its view is fascinating and exotic as one could wish for.

Do not hesitate to take your time to admire and take some pictures of the cliffs of Howth. The coastline of the peninsula is very rugged and overlooks Dublin Bay: this offers some of the most beautiful sea views in the region!

The cliffs are rather pretty, and are home to a unique fauna and flora. It is the opportunity to observe the numerous sea birds living nearby.

A little piece of advice though: don’t forget to cover yourself warmly and to have a raincoat: the sea is cold, and the sea spray can be felt even from the top of the cliffs! Also remember to stay close to the children: the cliffs have no protection and falls can unfortunately happen.

Where do you start the tour from?

The Howth Cliff Path starts from Howth station: signs with green arrows immediately mark the loop. All you have to do is follow the path, and do not deviate from it. You will then take the east pier of Howth harbour, and then follow the coastline.

Note that the loop has one advantage: it is possible to stop halfway to eat in one of Howth’s many restaurants.

Howth Cliff Path
Practical information

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Coordonnées GPSGPS:
53.389018, -6.074218
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The hike in detail:

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Starting pointStarting point: Howth railway station
Point d'arrivée : Howth railway station

Recommended equipmentRecommended equipment:
Baskets, Chaussures de randonnées, Sac à dos, Coupe vent, Pull, Eau et nourriture

Howth Cliff Path : the map

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