During my city trip to Dublin, we wanted to grab the opportunity to explore Ireland at least a little bit more. The best way to do so for us was to look for some beautiful nature around. One of the easiest day trips from Dublin is a trip to Howth. Howth is a small fisherman’s village located on the coast, north of Dublin. Travel time is very limited and you’ll find yourself in a completely different scenery.
You wouldn’t want to stress during your city trip, right? Well, getting to coastal town Howth is extremely easy. We took the train from Dublin (Tara Street) to Howth. The train you’ll take is called DART. There are ticketing machines at the station to buy your ticket (€8) and trains run almost every 10 minutes. The train ride it self is only 30 minutes, so in a blink you’ll be ready to enjoy some fresh and salty air as you arrive right at the harbor of Howth. Check out timetables through the Irish Railways.
Speaking of which, the harbor is a place you can’t miss and you definitely won’t miss. I personally love strolling around the harbor, seeing different types of boats and see fishermen getting ready.
We didn’t actually visit the lighthouse, but it is one of the main landmarks (or seamarks?) of Howth. Perfect background for your breezy pictures.
Unfortunately, we didn’t do the cliff walk, which is something I regret by now. Views on and from the cliff are stunning and definitely worth admiring. If you want to take a cliff walk, there are several options you can take differing in length. The cliff walk loop is 6km long and will take you around 2 hours. There are also other hikes such as the Bog of Frogs loop and climbing to the cliff summit. Both look amazing but require more effort than the ‘general’ cliff walk loop.
I believe bars and restaurants tell so much about the culture of a country – that’s why I always love to visit as many as possible. On top of that, I of course love food and beers. In Howth, 90% of the restaurants present will focus on seafood, which makes sense. One thing is certain, the fish you’ll be served is fresh! When you are still there in the afternoon, maybe even after your hike, a pint in one of the cafes is well deserved! Nice restaurants in Howth are for example The Brass Monkey, King Sitric and Wrights Findlater.
Walking a little bit to the centre of Howth, you’ll be rewarded with cute and colorful houses. Definitely go inward a bit and don’t be distracted too much by the beautiful coastal scenery.
Lastly, food related once again, Howth is the best place to head for some fish and chips. As mentioned before, you won’t receive it any fresher! A good restaurant for Fish and Chips is for example The Bloody Stream.
Are you ready to visit coastal town Howth, a day trip from Dublin? Enjoy your time!