Howth, Ireland in County Dublin is located just 15km north of Dublin City Centre and can be accessed via DART (train) for those of you in town for a visit. This beautiful, seaside Irish village is dotted with fresh seafood shops and restaurants with names as colorful as their facades, such as The Bloody Stream and Octopussy. When planning your visit to Ireland, don’t forget Dublin and the gorgeous, hidden gem of Howth. A perfect stop for a morning or afternoon of breathtaking views, shopping at the artsy Howth Market, and a pint of the black stuff accompanied by fish and chips at a quintessentially, Irish pub.
Howth is just a quick train ride from the city, so no matter the age of the traveller, this site makes for a good half day trip. Photographers will have a ball capturing this colorful, seafaring town and its astounding views from Howth summit. A gorgeous 6km Cliff Path Loop is light terrain for anyone willing and able to walk it. I have personally taken two kids in a double stroller, aka buggy without any difficulty. For the bird lover in your life take a look at Ireland’s Eye and its bird sanctuary where you might spot guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, gulls and gannets.
Whilst walking Cliff Path Loop there are a lot of things to see and do including: Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye, Howth Castle, The National Transport Museum, the Martello Tower and the Baily Lighthouse. The beauty is that everything is at your own pace, so it is nice and relaxing, especially if you have little ones in tow. Don’t forget to have a gander at the Howth Abbey ruins while on Cliff Path Loop, they are really neat. The photo options for this place are limitless!
After all the sight seeing, why not take a break? Howth boasts a cute, fun playground and grassy area perfect for the kiddos or if you are on an adult only trip, try relaxing on the green and eating a take away fish n’ chips from Beshoff Brothers. Otherwise, I recommend having lunch at the Bloody Stream pub, named for a bloody battle that took place at the stream next to the restaurant. This place has authentic Irish cuisine and a cosy turf burning fireplace to drink your pint beside. Other top pubs and taverns include: Abbey Tavern, The Top House Bar, Wright’s Findlater Restaurant, and The Summit Inn.
There is literally, too much to write about Howth in just one post! I am going to have to revisit this village again to complete the Cliff Path Loop, so look forward to my next few Howth posts. In the meantime, add this vivacious little place to your Irish travel itinerary.
Great resources for Howth can be found at http://www.howthismagic.com and http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/cliff-path-loop/71514