From the moment you arrive in Howth, you realise it’s somewhere very special indeed. The seemingly sleepy fishing village is surrounded by stunning vistas over Dublin Bay, but there is actually so much to do. It makes for the perfect day out when you need to escape the city, and a quick DART ride will bring you to this perfect little haven.
First things first – head straight for the harbour. Follow the east pier for a long walk, where you’ll find live music by local musicians, fresh fish and chips and ice cream cones aplenty. Take your ice cream cone to the end of the pier where you’ll discover the Harbour Lighthouse, built in 1817. There are magnificent views here over the bay and towards Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island. From the harbour, you can even take a ferry across to Ireland’s Eye where you’ll find the ruins of an 8th century church and a Martello tower.
Next, if you have the energy, head for the hills! The Cliff Path Loop will take you high above the harbour with unbeatable views across the water. This stunning walk even served as inspiration to James Joyce, who featured the location in ‘Ulysees’.
Back on terra firma, explore Howth Market for local food and crafts or even an antique find, and Howth Castle & Gardens is the perfect spot for any history buff.
After your day of exploring, find solace in O’Connell’s pub. Enjoy a delicious dinner while you take in views of fishing boats and colourful tourists with a backdrop of the sparkling Irish Sea. Now that’s what we call a day well spent.