Winter Safari Howth - December to February

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Winter light and nature at rest in the UNESCO Biosphere of Howth. Tune your senses and spirit in harmony with nature. A gnarly and beautiful coastal adventure.  Discover Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides, nobody knows it better. Be ready for 10 kms to 15 kms in about 4 hours.  Hike your way through many ages and unique habitats. Protected heaths through woodland to the exquisite Rhododendron Gardens, echoing the jungles of Siam. Feel the ancient romance and reassurance of Aideen's Grave,  druidic stones as old as the pyramids. Climb to HG Wells' most beautiful view in the world. Clear your mind and ignite your creativity with 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. Winter sometimes brings wilder storms and sea birds, 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.

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.

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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.

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.
  • Dormant 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.
     

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