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Howth Head, is a peninsula approx 15km northeast of Dublin City, has been immortalised in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Howth is a bustling village that offers visitors a myriad of attractions – look out for Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye, Howth Castle, The National Transport Museum, the Martello Tower and the Baily Lighthouse. These are a variety of places you can visit while in Howth, and they are all fairly close to each other. 


Wildlife enthusiasts will adore this area, as its also a photographers paradise, particularly Ireland’s Eye and its bird sanctuary which boasts guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, gulls and gannets. If you’re lucky, you may even see grey seals diving for fish just offshore. This loop is one of four which starts at the DART (train) Station in the heart of the village. You are taken along the harbour before climbing away from the village around the Nose of Howth and onto the cliff-tops towards the south. To get to the cliff tops, just head east upon leaving the train station. 


Take in the stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye (Ireland's most ancient and only volcano.), and be overwhelmed by the heady scent of coconut from the bright yellow gorse on the heath. The Baily Lighthouse – the last of Ireland’s lighthouses to become automated - comes into view before you ascend towards the car park at ‘The Summit’ and return to Howth Village along a path running parallel to your outward route. 





I took the slip road to the east of the train station, just before you walk the pier, there's a large hill directly south at the mouth of the bay. Proceed up the top, follow the road along the coastal front, and on the right, there is a grass open verge splitting off to the right, follow this path onto a mountain rocky path. Keep in mind, this is a short cut to the Summit, and I'd personally advise following the main road veering to the left away from the grass verge, as this path is longer and just as scenic. 

Once I got to the top, I took some pictures as always. Remember, this is not a place to visit without your camera, to capture some of the stunning snaps Howth has to offer! 

This is taken at the mouth of the bay in Howth, looking east towards the road to the right for the trekking trail.


Obviously this is a good spot to take some portraits or selfies with your friends and family for Instagram

Some of the shots I was able to capture while heading for the summit and this isn't the top of the peak yet.

This is me again looking out at lambay island, towards Ireland's eye, and the bay of Howth harbour. 

Taking some shots for instagram, to share the experience of this awesome trip. 


I then preceded to the cliff-face for the cliff walk, down towards the Sutton direction, turning back on the loop, and then back to Howth town for a quick bite to eat, before getting back on the train. 


Finishing off the evening with an awesome shot of the sun going down in the west, as night falls on the bay.


I hope you enjoyed this read, and don't forget to follow my social media's and let me know where you have travelled today? 

KeithExplores Team

Starting the climb


I began my climb in front of the Bray Head Inn slope, just before the crossover railway bridge, and proceeded up the stair-path towards the trekking trail. About a quarter of the way up, there are two options for two different trails. 


The one to the left is steep, and you may require a few breaks on the way. The small slipway that veers to the right is not so steep but it is likely to be a lot more muddy, but it is easier to climb as the ascend is less strenuous but a little longer. However, it does give you an overall nicer view of Wicklow's gorgeous mountain peaks. Although this wasn't the route I choose in the video.




To start the climb, follow the promenade up towards the hill. The real climb begins at the steps; from here there is a well worn path straight up to the cross. The path will bring you up through trees and on a dirt path. (Watch for the optional path that veers to the right.) Be prepared for a bit of a scramble up rocks at the top. The path can get quite mucky when it rains also, so dress appropriately and be sure to bring at least 1Ltr of water for this 241M (791ft) climb. 


Access by public transport


All the climbs are accessed from The Cliff Path, which runs along the coast al line and is located above the railway line, from Bray to Greystones. The Path starts at the southern end of Bray Head Inn. (Its twenty minutes walk from Bray DART station, or ten minutes from the terminus of the 45 bus route). From here a pleasant walk of about twenty minutes will bring you to Streaky Slab stone, while the gate for Cable Rock is a further ten minutes along the Path


Access by car or bike


Travelling south on the M11/N11, ignore the turn-offs for Bray and take the turn off signposted Greystones. Take the Greystones exit on the next two roundabouts. And Immediately after cresting the long hill (Windgates), take the turn on the left, which ends at a private car park, Turn here and drive back up the road a short distance to where there parking is possible against the hedge on the left. 


Walk down past the houses, cross the stile, and follow the track down to the Cliff Path (5 minutes). This point on the Path is a 30 minute walk from the southern end of Bray promenade, or a 15 minute walk from Windgates, which is on the No.84 (Dublin/Delgany) bus route. Turn right for Cable Rock, or left for Streaky Slab.


The climbs, and the climbing areas, are described from left to right (south to north).


After your hike


If you fancy a bite to eat after your hike, there is a wide selection of food parlours to choose from, offering some quality meals and drinks. And if you still have some energy left, you can always pop into the Bray aquarium which is a pretty cool place to pass some time. You can also find niche restaurants in Bray on this Google map.


Pictures

This is the bottom of the hill, in front of Bray Head Inn


This is the tree-line where you will choose the path straight up, or around to the south west. 


If you come up by the trail on the left, this is where it leads. You can turn right here for an easier ascend.


Nearing the top, the mountain range does offer some awesome opportunities to update your Instagram


Once at the top, look directly south and you will see this path which will lead you towards Greystones


Look directly east, into the Irish Sea, and you can catch some stunning photography shots


And of course, looking north, you can see the town of Bray. West you can see the rest of the Wicklow Mountains.


Remember to bring your camera on the day, or you will sorely be disappointed that you didn't. 

KeithExplores Team


Killiney Hill is a popular destination for walkers and hikers availing of the spectacular views, over the surrounding areas: Dublin to the north-west, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales (on a clear day) to the east and south-east, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. Looking north, you can admire another stunning walkway for trekking; Howth Head... 


The recreational area of Killiney was brought into public use in 1887 by Prince Albert Victor of Wales, in memory of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, and was then called Victoria Hill, and still holds that name today. There are a couple of nice photo spots, such as the obelisk monument on Killiney hill, which is perfect for taking photographs and selfies. 



But firstly, you will need to get there! If you make your way to Georges Street, Dunlaoghaire, Dublin City. Take the 59 Bus which will leave you outside the Hill, which is right beside Killiney Castle. 


The hill is not ideal for walking at night time, or in late evenings, as it can be quiet dangerous, as their are no lights leading up the lonely pitch dark trekking paths, as you will see in my video below. At night time, the hill is sometimes used by cult members who perform satanic and other religious sacrifice rituals on animals on the alter below. 


During my night time visit, I actually ran into a very strange man, who was hell-bent on hiding behind the obelisk, and observing me secretly from a distance. I've never felt so uncomfortable in such a vast open and exposed area, and within minutes I had left the hill. But don't be put off visiting this stunning and bountiful gorgeous area because of my experience. 


As this stunning recreational area is visited daily by hundreds of hill walkers, trekkers, and locals from the surrounding areas every day. Thus making walking trips, and picnics perfectly safe during the day time. Towards the north-west, is a car park with a recreational area for kids to enjoy swings, monkey bars and other obstacles to play on. 


And if you do decide to visit at night time, be sure to bring yourself a good strong torch, as its very easy to trip and fall over without proper lighting. Never the less, I hope you enjoy my video, and be sure to like, and subscribe if you're new. 



The hill is about 155 meters high, and the impressive views it has to offer on a clear day is every bit well worth the visit. After visiting the obelisk, you can head north towards the Dalkey Cliff face, which will give you a clear overview of the Dunlaoghaire and south east side of Dublin's suburbs. The cliffs are open with no safety railings, so be sure to keep your dogs on a lead. If you have kids with you, make sure they are beside you at all times. It is also possible to climb the Dalkey rock-face by guide. You can google websites which offer guides for rock climbing at the cliffs. 

KeithExplores Team

This is me, standing on top of one of many mountain-top peaks already checked off my bucket list. 


People Who Will Try Talk You Out Of Your Dreams -


Unfortunately, just before you take your baby step towards the righteous journey to pursue your life dreams and personal ambitions, people all around you, even the ones who deeply care for you will give you awful advice and try to talk you out of following your own desires. It’s not because they have horrible intentions.


It’s just because they don’t understand the big picture, what your dreams, passions, and life goals mean to you. And they certainly don’t understand that; to you, the reward is worth the risk. Anyway, if we are not put here on this earth for experience, then why are we here? Every experience is worth some risk. Right? Well, I'll let you ponder on your own beliefs. 


They may try to protect you by shielding you from the possibility of failure, which is in effect, also shielding you from the possibility of making your dreams a reality. Let me give you a for instance? I love to travel and see new places all around the world, and when I told people I want to share my experiences on youtube, they said; everyone will see you and criticize you and know your business. So what? My business in mine to share. 


When I wanted to travel solo, they told me the world is dangerous and no place for a solo backpacker...true, but so are a lot of things dangerous. Please understand that if you were to portray everything you do in a negative light, you would never do anything and you'd never go anywhere. Ever... 


As our friend Steve Jobs says- 

"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." 


Here are 10 ill-advised tips (lies) people will likely tell you when you decide to pursue your dreams, and why they are dreadfully mistaken. 


You can follow your dreams someday, but right now you need to buckle down and be responsible. -

Someday? When is ‘someday?’ Someday is not a day at all. It's a foggy generalization of a time that will likely never come. Today is the only day guaranteed to you. Today is the only day you can begin to make a difference in your life. And pursuing your dreams is what life is all about. So don't be irresponsible. Don't wait until ‘someday.’ Make today the first day of the rest of your new life to do what you want with your life. 


You’re totally screwed if it doesn't work out. - 

Totally Wrong! This is a giant, lame load of BS. You're not even close to being screwed. In-fact, the worst case scenario is that things don't work out and you have to go back to doing exactly what you are doing right now. 

But it's safer to stay at your day job. - 

I digress. But you know what's even safer than that? Going home, locking yourself in your bedroom with crates of alcohol, slowly luring yourself into an endless depression, and never, ever coming out of your bedroom. And just like that you will have flushed your entire life and your dreams down the toilet. Remember, safer doesn't always mean better. Remember what I said earlier about talking a risk on an experience? 


That is impossible! - 

It's only impossible if you never give it a shot and try it out. The reason certain things seem impossible is simply because nobody has achieved them yet. But this doesn't mean that with your help, these things won’t become possible in the future. Right? If you truly dedicate yourself to an end-goal result, almost anything and everything is possible. You just have to want it bad enough! 


Only a lucky few "make their dreams their life." - 

That's because those lucky few got off their bums and did something about it. They had the drive, determination, and willpower that you have right now. You can be one of them. It’s up to you, and only you can make it happen. 


You might fail. And failing is bad. - 

Failures are simply stepping stones to success. No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. Either you succeed or you learn something along the way. Win-Win. The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake. If you can’t handle failure, then you can’t handle success either. 


You don't have access to the right resources. - 

It's not about having the right resources; it's about exploiting the resources you do have access to. Stevie Wonder couldn’t see, so he exploited his sense of hearing into a passion for music, and he now has 25 Grammy Awards to prove it. Get it? 

You need more money saved before you can take the first step. - 

You don’t need more money. You need a plan. You need a budget. Eliminate ALL the non-essential costs in your life. If pursuing your dream requires you to leave your day job, figure out the absolute minimum amount of income that you require to realistically live. 


Studying those who have succeeded with similar ventures also helps. But above all, take baby steps. Don’t be foolish and assume that you must have a certain amount of money saved right now, or that you must quit your day-job today in order to pursue your dreams. Instead, ask yourself, "What actions can I take right now with the money and resources I have right now, that will bring me closer to desired goal"? 


You'll need help. - 

Not really! Its smarter to go after it alone. You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you hang with the wrong people, they will negatively affect you. But if you hang with the right people, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone. Find a small group and work together to make a difference in all of your lives together. 


That sounds like a lot of hard work. – 

You're darn right it does! But that doesn't mean it is not worth it. I think success in life hinges on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing. As long as you remain true to yourself and follow your own interests, values and dreams, you can find success through passion. 


Perhaps most importantly, you won't wake up a few years from now working in a career field you despise, wondering "How the heck am I going to do this for the next 30 years"? So, if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don't stop. You're on to something big. Because hard work ain't hard when you put all your focus on your passions and life long desires. 


Disregard these misguided bits of nonsense and you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling your dreams. So now, what are you going to do to take the first step?

KeithExplores Team
Some of you may not know how I make money from and for travelling by various nixers I do. But, I am about to let you in on a little secret. I am a software programmer and I work from rest-stops, hotels, and home when I am there. This gives me additional income, so I can move about with flexibility and not be bound to a 9-5 day-job in my home town. I am mostly hired from people I've done work for in the past, and those same people also recommend me to other friends and business acquaintances of there's. 

Until recent; I have been doing some patch work here and there; until my hard drive took a dump without warning only the other day. I was fortunate to backup my work prior, but Its really irritating to make large backups when your day-to-day life is on the fly like mine. So, I have decided to code up a automated Disc Syncing program which works in the background of Windows OS. When I'm finished with it, I will release it on my websites store to download for free for everyone to use.


Screenshot of my new app below.

























On the upside, while I have been busy coding and making money to travel more for the future months, I am also facing an uncertain future in Ireland regarding getting around the country. As the main transport company whom provide public transit is about to go bust, our government who is a share holder in the company will not open its chequebook to level the companies books. 


As a result of such recklessness from Ireland's transport minister, I may not be able to tour Ireland like originally planned. Did you know this also happened to me back in October of 2016 too? Ireland truly is gone to the dogs under the current government regime. See the Tweet from the Journal; a local news source.
If the worst happens, I will simply leave Ireland again and head around other countries meanwhile. I shall re-jig my Events once I am certain of what my next plans may be. Emigration may be on the cards again, but I remain positive whatever will happen. Right now, I don't know what I am doing! 


Remember to stay updated by following my Twitter updates

KeithExplores Team


A few months ago, I visited this strange secluded area which now resides derelict and faces further decay as the site is also unable to be sold because of the deteriorating construction of the site. The building is a constant target for graffiti artists who have heavily tagged the site, as well as vandalised the interior structure of the walls. This has further devalued the property, but because of its state of decay, It may someday face demolition. I won't be providing the name of the site or the location; only that it was used by a woodchip company as their offices before it came under siege by the local vandals.  



KeithExplores Team

A urbex trip I had planned for a few weeks, by gathering intel on the site and the terrain I needed to cross to enter one of Ireland's biggest abandoned complexes, with a heavy flow of security patrols to prevent the ordinary Joe Soap from entering the site without prior permission from the Government. 

 

I was meant to meet up with my friend who lives near the location, and he was to fly a drone over the site for me; and try to guide me past the security patrols. However, I wondered about 4+ KM off-course and passed my meeting point with him. I also couldn't reach him on his phone due to the remote locations position. 

 

So I ended up doing a 12+ KM hike around the sites heavy undergrowth as an attempt to find an entrance or even a way-point to get closer to the site. In-which my friend, had left me alone and returned home after some short time. I eventually crossed some locals who knew the site, and they told me how to enter the complex.

 

And upon doubling back, I was now alone, and also spotted by grounds men and met by security who escorted me off site, as I was refused entry to photograph inside the grounds. I was also told If I wanted to visit the grounds again, I'd need to contact the department of Justice for entry permission. 

 

I don't consider this a wasted trip though, because I learned a lot about the location of the site and many other ways to make entry, and how better to prepare to visit the complex in the near future. Currently, the site is partially used to house migrants in a remote section of the grounds, and the other areas of the whole site have been abandoned for more than 13 years. 

You can view the trip on Vidme here: https://vid.me/EypC

  

 

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