Hiking The Summit Of Howth Head from KeithExplores's blog

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? 

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