It’s no secret that my favourite place in Dublin is Howth (I mention it here AND here after all!) so I am always happy to spend a Sunday doing the Cliff Walk in Howth (and getting a sneaky fish & chips after to reward myself) to soak up the amazing coastal views. Before moving to Dublin, I never really considered it as somewhere along the coast. Any time I would ever visit would be for concerts, shopping, or something along those lines – but with living so close to Kerry it was never a viable option to go there to see the countryside it had to offer.
Little did I know that Dublin was home to the little gem that is Howth. Howth is situated roughly 15km from Dublin City Centre and can be reached by the DART. The DART leaves you off in the heart of the town of Howth, allowing you time to admire the harbour and walk along the pier. These are both two beautiful areas of the town and on my first few trips here these were the only places that I explored, but if you are looking for something spectacular then I definitely recommend taking time out of your day to do the cliff walk.
From the harbor, you walk up the hill after the pier and follow the road (and mass amounts of people, usually) where you will constantly be climbing and immersing yourself in amazing views like above. The Cliff Walk is roughly 6km if you want to do the loop, but I have always just walked and turned back around so I have never completed the full trek. On a sunny day you will get to see divers jumping off the rocks a close distance from the shore which adds some entertainment if nothing else! While on the walk you will have stunning views of both Lambay Island and Irelands Eye in the distance which are two majestic islands just off the coast. Howth is higher up than most Dublin towns so the views from the Cliff Walk are really something!
The walk isn’t overly difficult by any means as the climb is slow and steady. Once you get back to the town of Howth I recommend eating fish & chips in Beshoffs, Burdocks, or Wrights Cafe (which is actually my favourite of the three!). I can guarantee if you do this walk on a sunny day, followed by this amazing food you definitely won’t regret it!
Have you ever done the Howth Cliff Walk? Or one similar?