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National Heritage Week Howth Hike with Fingal County Council

National Heritage Week runs from August 19th to 27th.  Fingal County Council are supporting this with a generous plan to share the unique wilderness and wildlife of the ancient Howth peninsula at a discount of over 50%.  Hike around the beautiful and inspiring penninsula of Howth. Explore Howths diverse ecosystems, history and folklore,  off-road, with passionate and expert local guides. 10 kms to 15 kms in 3 to 4 hours, depending on the group.  Explore the woodlands and the exquisite Rhododendron Gardens, echoing the jungles of Siam. Feel the ancient romance of Aideen's Grave,  druidic stones as old as the pyramids. Climb to HG Wells most beautiful view in the world, with a panoramic view of the coast from Howth harbour to Irelands Eye, Lambay, Rockabill and maybe the blue Mourne mountains far away. Traverse the famous August purple heathlands down to the sea on the shores of the unesco Biosphere that is Dublin Bay.  A great variey of seabirds, including cormorants, gannets, terns oystercathers and curlew with occasional sightings of birds or prey , red squirrels and even a recent stoat  

Myths and intimate tales, legends and history of 7000 years.

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.

City slickers 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 and Rhodies to Aideen's Grave
  • Jungle trails to Muck Rock
  • Shielmartin, the Sutton Martello, Red-Rock and Bellinghams Harbour.
  • On and on...The Sheeps Hole,  Guinness's Jamesons and the Candlesticks.  The Hippy Hole, Doldrum Bay and the iconic Baily Lighthouse. 
  • Smugglers caves, hidey holes, ruined boathouses and nostalgic swimming pools, faded glories of the 19th Century
  • 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.

Aspectos importantes

  • Join your crew on the quayside, Howths' bustling harbour. Boats on the water and locals plying their trades
  • A fulfilling 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 Tuatha de Danann of old Bhinn Eadir.  Druids and Celts, Saints and Scholars, Vikings, Normans, Rebels and the fight for independence
  • Wildlife abounds including seals, raptors, heron or cormorant and curlew as well as the occaisonal porpoise or dolphin.
  • Explore the nooks and crannies, coves  and caves of the Cliffs
  • Treat yourself to the special light of The Golden Pocket and the salty air wafting off Dublin Bay

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  1. Dublin