Tour Code: 37082P1
Duration: 4 hours
Immerse yourself in nature and history on this unique guided hike on the Howth peninsula, in the heart of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. Seals, porpoises, gannets, and multitudinous birds abound in this part of the bay. With your local guide, explore coastal paths and cliffs, wander through magical woodland in the footsteps of the ancient peoples of Ireland, and feel a connection with the past and present. Your journey through the ages in Howth, amidst beautiful natural surroundings, will inspire, enchant, and sometimes challenge you. We will attune our senses to the natural world around us, and reawaken a feeling of awe within each individual. Share your guide's local insight to the history, legends, and myths of Ireland over the last 6,000 years. Remember and embrace the Druids, Celts, Saints and Scholars, Vikings, Normans, English, Revolutionaries, and many others who passed through this magnificent peninsula before us.
Meet your guide at the Tourism Kiosk on Howth Harbour, and begin your hike from there. You'll walk uphill and out of the village, acquainting yourself with the more rustic, less trodden ways and trails that wind through the elder trees and radiant heather and gorse of the peninsula.
Pass through ancient woodlands, and discover the gateway to the Otherworld, known as Aideen's Grave, a portal dolmen, 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 HG Wells's most beautiful view in the world, and on to the southern part of the peninsula, crossing the heathers of Shielmartin Hill, and make your way to the cliff path that your guides know better than anyone else.
After a short rest at Red Rock, where ships can be seen traversing Dublin Bay towards the port, spot the caves, stacks, and other monuments to the erosive power of the sea along the coastline, and get a sense of the coastal habitats of the bay. Ascend gently along the cliff paths by the spectacular Baily Lighthouse to Howth Summit. 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.