Rockhopping and Cave Special - Sun February 11th

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Special tidal opportunity. This is a rare and much treasured adventure. Rock Hop below the waterline and explore the caves.  This is quite demanding requiring above average balance and stamina, and a little bit of courage. A unique and fun way to explore the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. 

Starting from the Tourism Kiosk at Howth Harbour, moving swiftly cross country to the cliffs, where the action is at low tide. Be ready for 8 miles/12 kms off road and off trail. We will focus on the rocks and pools below the waterline. Quite demanding and very rewarding.  We will scamper swiftly through woodlands and the exquisite Rhododendron Gardens, echoing the jungles of Siam. Climb to HG Wells's most beautiful view in the world and clear your mind with salty air, and tropical aromas. Passing through vivid yellow gorse and purple heathlands we head down to the sea and the cliffs.  

The real high comes from the group, roving through enchanting territory from one awe-inspiring place to the next and then sharing the special atmosphere and terrain exposed when the tide retreats.

I recommend cross trainers, boots, or stout shoes. Keep an eye on the weather and think about a light waterproof. 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.

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  • Assemble at 10.45 am at the Tourism Kiosk on Harbour road, 5 minutes walk from the Dart Station.
  • Head out through Howth Village 
  • Weave in and out of the woodland and ice age heaths of ancient Binn Eadair, Howth to the Vikings and Hoofd to the Netherlanders.
  • Skirt or summit Shielmartin, Howths signature hill and the famous navigation landmark for Dublin
  • Pirates caves, Smugglers hidey holes, ruined boathouses and nostalgic swimming pools, reminders of the 1800s high life of the Jamesons and Guinnesses
  • On and on , by the Lions Head, Baily Jumps and the iconic Baily Lighthouse
  • Back down to the village for  4 pm approximately, if we are not waylaid!
  • The journey may vary to make sure you get the best of each other, Howth, the weather and the tide.

Highlights

  • Join your crew on the quayside, A bustling harbour. Boats on the water and locals plying their trades
  • The Rockhopping and Cave Safari gets below the waterline and into the caves. 
  • En route enjoy classic Irish woodland, rare coastal plants and beautiful aromas.
  • Hike and climb rugged trails to the most surprising views.
  • Get live in the history of the Druids and Celts, Saints and Scholars, Vikings, Normans, Rebels and fight for independence
  • Wildlife in season abounds including porpoises and dolphins, seals, raptors, heron or cormorant and curlew.
  • Get among the nooks and crannies, pools, ponds, coves  and caves where the wild cratures only go
  • Rockhop below the tideline. For the sure footed
  • Stoke a natural high
  • Enjoy a bit of Apres at The Summit Inn and then down the tramlines back to Howth harbour  

Route

  1. Howth Tourism office
  2. Ben Edar
  3. Muck Rock
  4. Mud Oak Cottage
  5. BarrenHill
  6. Red Rock
  7. Bellinghams Harbour
  8. The Needles
  9. The Lions Head
  10. Old Baily Cottage
  11. The Summit Inn
  12. The Seventy Steps
  13. The Village
  14. Howth Abbey