Spring Safari Howth - March, April, May

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Dublin's most inspiring day out in Ireland's liveliest season.  Great craic with people who just love to see you.  Immerse yourself in Irish Springtime.  The smell of coconut on the breeze from the gorse, fragrance of wild garlic underfoot in the woodland, and psychedelic rhododenron gardens. Nobody knows it better, day by changing day.  Your guide will lead you, and set the pace and trail according to your group. Be ready for 6 to 9 miles or 10 to 15 kms in about 4 hours if we don't get waylaid!

This is the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. Check out Howth Harbour and Howth Castle. Cross the heaths, through woodlands and the transplanted jungles of Siam. Let the ancient romance of Aideen's Grave seduce you, a druid's dolmen older than the pyramids.  See HG Wells' most beautiful view in the world with your own eyes.

Careful with the vivid yellow gorse and heather on WB Yeats' Fairy Road, down to the sea and the cliffs.  Let the soughing in the woodland caress your ears with the gentle tunes of the trees. Listen to the waves breaking forever on the shore and the forlorn calls of the sea birds. Share world class and iconic views of The Baily Lighthouse from the clifftops. Stoke a natural high that will live with you, and call you back. The coastal shore and cliffs of The Golden Pocket are like a journey to distant lands and southern climates.

Howth is a place of myths and tales, legends and history of 6,000 years where you can walk in the footsteps of time itself.  

The real high is stoked in the group, roving through enchanting territory, air and light together.

I recommend cross trainers, boots or stout shoes. Sunblock and Sunglasses generally help too. Keep an eye on the weather and think about a light waterproof. Water and a snack in a backpack 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 to leave at 11.00 am at the Tourism Kiosk on Harbour road, 5 minutes walk from the Dart Station.
  • Up by the old Tramlines toward Ben Edar, or through the village to the Tramline bench.
  • The Bog of Frogs and through the woodland Rhodies to Aideen's Grave.
  • Jungle trails to Muck Rock.
  • Shielmartin, the Sutton Martello, Red-Rock and Bellinghams.
  • On and on...The Sheep's Hole, Guinness's, Jameson's and the Candlesticks.
  • Smugglers' caves, hidey holes, ruined boathouses and nostalgic swimming pools, faded glories of the 20's.
  • By the Lion's Head, Baily Jumps and The Summit.
  • 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.
  • A rewarding hike in any weather.
  • Blooming deciduous woodland, rare plants and beautiful aromas. Glorious and rare Siamese rhododendrons.
  • Rugged trails to the most surprising views. Sliabh Donard, King of the Mountains of Mourne on a clear day.
  • Get your own handle on the Druids and Celts, Saints and Scholars, Vikings, Normans, Rebels and independence.
  • Wildlife abounds including porpoises and dolphins, seals, raptors, heron or cormorant and curlew.
  • Explore the nooks and crannies, coves and caves of the Cliffs.
  • Rockhop below the tideline. For the sure footed.
  • Share a natural high.
  • Have teatimers with the locals or treat yourself to a delicious evening meal.
     

Route

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