Howth Safari

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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. 

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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  • 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 to the Rhodies and Aideen's Grave.
  • Jungle trails to Muck Rock.
  • Shielmartin, the Sutton Martello, Red-Rock and Bellingham's.
  • 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.


  • Join your crew on the quayside, a bustling harbour. Boats on the water and locals plying their trades.
  • A rewarding hike in any weather.
  • Wonderful deciduous woodland, the UNESCO Biosphere and protected Heaths. 
  • 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, 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.


  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