When visiting Ireland, the Howth cliff walk is bound to show up as a popular Dubliner ‘get-outdoors’ destination. Howth is part of County Dublin and nothing stop the locals from catching a 30 minute tram ride from the city center to soak up the rays with spectacular cliff views.
After visiting Howth, myself, for the first time, I could understand why a bright, dry and wintry afternoon in the sun, gets busy here. One thing is for sure, Ireland has the most gorgeous coastlines I have come across and the most beautiful sunsets in Europe.
Nothing beats the cool, crisp coastline breeze while watching the sun slowly disappear behind the sea. There is something very romantic about Irish sunsets – like it lasts longer than inland Europe, allowing you to savour it’s romance.
The DART (tram) will bring you right into Howth village within 30 minutes from Pearse street. The green arrows will guide you from the station along the cliff to the ‘summit’ and back.
Absorb the spectacular views of Dublin bay and Lambay Island before returning on a parallel route into the village. Don’t forget to bring a picnic basket!
Alternative Transport Options:
Bus: Line 31 from Busaras (approx. 1 hour) to main street, Howth.
Car: 22 minutes to main street from Dublin city centre. Parking is available in the village or alternatively close to the top of the cliff (starting point).
Need to know:
- Difficulty level: A casual stroll and not strenuous at all.
- The green loop takes approximately 2 hours on a continuous stroll.
- Wear layers. A sunny day gets warm and humid but overcast weather can make it very cold.
- Hiking boots are essential. The terrain is rugged and muddy.
- Bring your pooch! The walk is dog friendly and you are bound to mingle with others along the way.
Other, longer loops include the blue (7km) , red (8km) and purple (10km) loop.
After a beautiful sunset, I made my way back to the village to the popular The Dog House Blue’s Tea Room Restaurant for well-deserved sun-downers.