Shane's Howth Hikes

Explore Dublin's finest experience with passionate and expert local guides


Dublin's Best Day Out - An Adventure Experience

Join us for an unforgettable outdoor adventure.  Walk through time along the secret routes, trails and Howth cliff paths. Ireland ancient and fresh.
Only 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre by Dart, bus or taxi and Dublin Bay Cruises can get you here too... 25 minutes from Dublin Airport.
Take in the world famous coastal paths, wild seabirds, seals, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional whale. A breath of fresh and salty air.
Explore a fragrant woodland, even a bit of rainforest and heathland, inspiring cliffs and spectacular views, well served by a fine old harbour, medieval Castle and a warm hospitable village.
Insider Hack! Get the 31 or 31/a bus from Talbot street in the city centre. Sit up stairs, up front on the right hand side.  Enjoy an intimate Dublin review and beautiful coastal tour on your way out to Howth.

1. Howth Safari Hike

Immerse yourself in nature by hiking on the charming Howth Peninsula, a treasure of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. Attune your senses and spirit to the outdoors. Feel a real connection with the land and people around you. A gnarly and beautiful coastal adventure in any season. Discover Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides, nobody knows it better. Be ready for 10 kms to 15 kms (6 to 9 miles) in about 4 hours. Relive history as we walk through the ages and explore unique habitats that vary by day and season.  Submit to the ancient romance and resonance of Aideen's Grave, a druidic altar and gateway to the Otherworld, as old as the pyramids. Climb to HG Wells' most beautiful view in the world. Clear your mind and ignite your creativity with the salty air and cool breezes on your cheeks. Follow WB Yeats' Fairy Road down to the sea and the cliffs. Surrender your ears to the soughing of the forest and the gentle tunes of the trees. Sometimes embrace wild storms, crashing waves and lashing seas. Panoramic views of The Baily Lighthouse from the clifftops. Exercise your body and soul. Digest the myths and intimate tales, legends and history of 6000 years. The real high comes from the group, roving through enchanting territory, air and light from one inspiring place to the next. Seasonal highlights: Spring (March, April, May): Delight your senses in Irish Springtime with the smell of coconut on the breeze from the gorse, the fragrance of wild garlic underfoot in the woodland, and psychedelic rhododendron gardens. These exquisite rhododendrons echo the jungles of Siam. Notice the stretch in the evenings and warming of the year.  Summer (June, July, August): Howth's vibrant heathland blooms all summer over the headland. Birds abound all along the cliffs at this time of year too: kittiwakes, gulls, cormorants, guillemots, gannets, and more. Spot the porpoises, dolphins, and seals in the bay.  Autumn/Fall (September, October, November): This is the waning of the year, when incandescent Autumnal leaves cloak the woods. A magical time to be in Howth. Foliage is let go and descends to the forest floor with a gentle song.  Winter (December, January, Feburary): Brace the cold and awaken your senses to wild raw nature. Witness the sublime raging seas on stormy winter days. Howth's Winter woodland is stark and magnificent.  Tips: I recommend cross trainers, boots or stout shoes.  Keep an eye on the weather and think about a light waterproof, gloves, scarf and hat in a backpack. Water and a snack wouldn't hurt either. Holiday Hack! Get the 31 or 31/a bus from Talbot street in the city centre, sit up stairs, up front or on the right hand side and treat yourself to a coastal tour and intimate review of Dublin as you make your way out to join us in Howth.  The Dart works well too ( Dublin Area Rapid Transit ) and both have excellent free WIFI. Meet at 11.00 am at the Tourism Kiosk on Harbour Road, 5 minutes walk from the Dart Station.

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2. Howth Harbour and Village Tour

Explore the charming harbour and historic coastal village of Howth. This is a wonderful 2.5 hour walking tour. Nobody knows it better! Only 30 minutes from Dublin City by train, it is the perfect seaside escape. Walk through time in the footsteps of an astonishing history enjoying the breathtaking views taking in the sights, sounds and aromas of a bustling port. Visit the East Pier; shipwrecks, pirates and smugglers. Learn about the Abbey; Saints, Scholars and Vikings.  View the Lighthouse and hear the history of the Asgard, the Howth Guns and 1916 Rising. Visit Tower Hill, steeped in the history of the Normans and the Napoleonic Arms Race.  Stroll down the the West Pier and Kings Landing with the wonderful cafes and restaurants alongside the working fishing fleets.   This tour is for the culturally curious who want to immerse themselves in local life and relive the great tales of history.   A lively, loving and hospitable town Cockles and mussels , a-live aa-live OH !   Meet 1pm at Beshoffs The Market, 17-18, West Pier, Howth Harbour     

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3. Corporate Adventure Experience

Renew Refresh and Re-Energize Your Crew in the Natural World Time in nature together deepens relationships, increases attention span and  inspires creative problem solving.  The effect is redoubled within reach of the sea.  Reboot your business and your teams as individuals and groups. Establish or reinforce your credentials as a forward thinking, caring and conscientious organisation.  Create  a specialised experience to broaden, energize and inspire your people with simultaneous lightness and depth. Nobody does it better. Our guided hikes and experiences, on or off the water deliver that little bit of magic that makes everbody feel just that little better. Howth's famous hospitality guarantees the most satisfying and delicious options for picnics, refreshments, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Blend the perfect Entree or Apres, A la carte or Al fresco to set you off on the right foot, keep you going en route, or wrap it up in the warm glow of shared celebration. 2.5 hour experience is perfect for most groups with reasonable fitness Travel through time with our expert local guides while being given Howth’s amazing history surrounded by beautiful marine wildlife Come with us off the beaten track to secret trails where you will be rewarded with the most breathtaking views in Ireland All will be revealed on the day!   Some of the not so secret famous landmarks we will encounter include Howth Castle, Martello Towers, Aideen's Grave & the Baily Lighthouse Awaken your senses to the fragrances, sights and sounds of this delightful peninsula 4.5 hour experience is for the adventurous teams who will hike through the diverse and magical habitats of Howth Explore a range of habitats from Irish woodlands and famous heathlands to epic cliffs and coastal views This is the most exciting and refreshing hike close to Dublin city Escape the stress of work and city, awaken the senses, reconnect with nature Revitalise When the tides allow, come rockhopping and explore the caves 3 hour salty experience water based adventure Get a taste of sailing with qualified instructors in a fun, safe and exhilarating experience aboard a fleet of J80 Sportsboats or RIBs at Howth Yacht Club. First class sailing tuition and sail around Ireland's Eye Have a fun race and mini regatta before returning on land to the world class hospitality facilities Wine and dine into the evening  

4. Private Group Adventure

Have an inspiring day and adventure with your family, colleagues, club, stag or hen party. An alternative uplifting and exhilirating activity together.  Travel through time hearing of Howth’s deep history at the same time surrounded by beautiful marine wildlife including porpoises, seals, gannets, cormorants, oystercatchers and more. Famous landmarks we will encounter include Howth Harbour, Howth Castle, the Martello Towers, an ancient dolmen and the Baily Lighthouse. Awaken your senses to the fragrances, sights and sounds of this delightful peninsula. We will guide a hike and experience that will get the best out of your special crew, with extra options for a picnic, refreshments or meal en route or when you finish. If you fancy less hiking but still want that connection with maritime, wildlife, nature and the deep blue sea we can include a boat trip around Ireland's Eye or a sailing experience at Howth Yacht Club.

5. Student Groups

Inspire, revitalise and inform your student groups in an unforgettable, wilder Ireland a simple hop from Dublin city. Take part in one of our magic student experiences in Howth.  You have been teaching us for three years of the budget, value, access and experience that makes your day.

6. Christmas Parties

Create a specialised Christmas experience which will deliver that little bit of magic that makes the difference. A Christmas party with a real sense of adventure to remember and an evening party with the finest food Dublin has to offer.