We will meet at Connolly Train Station in the City Centre. Take a train to Howth. While on board the train there will be an Introduction to the history and culture of Ireland and of Howth in particular We will then stop in Howth Fishing Village to tour the harbour and have a coffee. Then begin the first part of our hike along the stunning coastal path as far as the breath taking views overlooking the Bailey Lighthouse. I will give a full explanation of all the sights to be seen, Including the wildlife. As a keen birdwatcher I will give an explanation on the behavior and habitat at the seabird colonies that will be passed on route. Then stop at the Summit Pub for refreshments and an optional light lunch (1 hour) Then into Deerpark Forest before emerging to the most stunning view on Howth Head, which is from Muck Rock and which is largely unknown to most tourists. We will then descend from Muck Rock through more typical Irish woodland to visit Aideen's Grave, which is an enormous Megalithic Dolmen Tomb which is over 5,000 years old, again seldom visited or even heard of by tourists. We will then pass the historic medieval Howth Castle which has been home to the St Lawrence family since 1172. Finishing in the lovely atmospheric Bloody Stream Pub which is actually part of Howth Train Station. Returning to Dublin City Centre by train.
I'm a local Dubliner and have lived in Dublin pretty much my whole life. I'm a now a full time tour guide in Dublin and I'm the top reviewed guide on the Withlocals platform for Dublin. I've hiked regularly for over 20 years. I love being a tour guide. I have found my dream job. I've have led over a 100 tours in the last few months and from that I have received over 50 excellent reviews on the Withlocals website. I have been hiking in Howth for years, I know the area like the back of my hand and I know all the history and wonderful mythology from the area. The routes I find around the peninsula are not marked on any maps and will not be found by following the designated hiking paths. The route I take is designed to include all the best sights from the various different hiking routes around Howth.
Price of Train Tickets will be included
Howth Harbour: This is the epitome of a quaint Irish seaside fishing village. Grind Cafe: Delicious Coffee and Pastries frequented by locals. Coastal Path: Best sea views in Dublin. Deerpark Forest: Magical Forest. Muck Rock: View is literally of the whole of Dublin. View has to be seen to believed. Aideen's Grave: A Prehistoric Tomb with a gigantic capstone and associated Celtic Mythology. Howth Castle: Seat of St Lawrence family since 1177