• Shane's Howth Hikes

    Explore Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides

    Tours
  • Shane's Howth Hikes

    Explore Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides

    Tours

Dublin's Best Day Out - An Adventure Experience

Ireland, ancient and fresh. Get out here for an outdoor adventure.
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 cliffs and coastal paths, wild seabirds, seals, porpoises, dolphins and the occasional whale. 
A breath of fresh and salty air, 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.

   

Certificate of Excellence

Shane's Howth Hikes earned a 2018 Certificate of Excellence

We're pleased to announce that Shane's Howth Hikes has been recognised with a 2018 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews you've earned on the world's largest travel site.

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.

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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 !        

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Howth Castle Experience - for your eyes only

This is a wonderful and memorable opportunity to experience the footprint and interior of Howth Castle, one of the longest continuously inhabited private home in Europe. Turn the pages of history step by step exploring the upstairs and downstairs, the intimate, private and warm hearth of history, legend and mythology.  Experience an immersive historical experience in this 14th century Castle.  Follow in the footsteps of Grace O'Malley, Jonathan Swift, Queen Victoria, Bing Crosby and many famous visitors to the Castle over the years.

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Private Group Adventure

Have an inspiring day out with your family, workmates, club, stag or hen party. An alternative uplifting and exhilirating activity together. The experience and effect are all good!  Different groups have different capabilities and so we guide a hike 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. Include a boat trip around Ireland's Eye if you fancy less hiking, but still want that connection with maritime wildlife, nature and the deep blue sea.    Research shows that spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills by as much as 50 percent. The authors of the study also point out that the results may have as much to do with unplugging from technology as they do spending time outside. We recently learned that walking in nature and hiking can change your brain chemistry and make you happier, more peaceful, and less stressed. Further evidence reveals the effect is enhanced beside water. Researchers at Stanford University found that people performed better on creative divergent thinking tests during and immediately after going for a walk. Friedrich Nietzsche famously once said that “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking” — Boost the mood - According to a study published in Environmental Science & Technology, outdoor exercise is linked to "greater feelings of revitalization and positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression, and increased energy."   http://www.wimp.com/what-hiking-does-to-the-brain-is-pretty-amazing/

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Irelands Eye Corporate Adventure

Hiking in Howth | Our Beautiful Home, Posted on July 25, 2016 by Niamh O’Sullivan

Hilary Fannin - June 11, 2017

Searching for the spot on the Hill of Howth where Molly Bloom said ‘yes’