Tour Code: 37082P1
Duration: 4 hours
Experience an adventure near Dublin on this 4-hour walking and hiking tour around the Howth peninsula, just north of the city. With a guide, explore coastal paths and cliff walks, wandering through woodlands and forest in the footsteps of ancient inhabitants of Ireland. This beautiful, fascinating, and sometimes challenging journey introduces you to natural attractions and views while your guide regales you with the history, legends, and myths of Ireland over the last 4,000 years. You will get the inside scoop on the druids, Celts, saints, scholars, vikings, Normans, and the English, who left their mark on Howth.
Meet your guide at Howth Harbour, and head off together to begin your Howth hiking tour. You'll walk uphill and out of the village, getting your bearings on the more rustic paths and trails.
Pass through ancient woodlands, and discover the so-called gateway to the underworld, known as Aideens Grave, as old as the pyramids. Explore the local jungle imported from Thailand by Lord Howth long ago, still thriving on the trails that your guide knows but many locals and visitors don't. Continue out of the woodlands to the southern part of the peninsula, crossing the heathers of Shielmartin Hill, and make your way to the cliff walk that your guide, a former coastguard member, knows better than nearly anyone.
After a short rest at Red Rock, seek out a cave or two (tide permitting), and get a sense of the native habitats below the waterline. Ascend gently along the cliff paths to Baily Green, and maybe enjoy a rewarding beer or soda at the Summit Inn, if you wish (own expense). Then descend the disused tramlines by the steps back to Howth village, returning to the waterfront to end your tour.
Please note: Your tour may follow alternative routes for different tides and weather conditions.