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Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour

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Howth, Ireland

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Trek the coastal paths of the Howth Peninsula on this hiking tour. Follow your experienced adventure guide along the cliffs and through the woodlands of this area, stopping at scenic overlooks and areas of spectacular natural beauty. Listen as your guide's commentary takes you back through the millennia in Irish history, including tales about the Vikings, Normans, Druids, and Celts.
  • Hiking tour of the landscape of Howth
  • Learn about the history, legends, and culture of the area
  • Stop to rest and take photos at scenic viewpoints
  • Explore coastal sea caves (tides permitting)
  • Led by an expert trekking guide
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Departure Point

Howth Tourist Information Centre, Harbour House, Harbour Rd, Howth, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Dressed for trekking, meet your guide, who knows the area intimately, near Howth Harbour and set off for your tour of Howth.

Climb the hill up and out of the town, past Howth Castle, then continue through the ancient woodland. As you travel over the rustic trails and paths, listen to your guide's narrative about the history of Howth, including its legends and fables.

Reach Aideen's Grave, the magical portal tomb that is said to be a gateway to the underworld. Walk through the unusual jungle, imported to Ireland from the former Siam by Lord Howth centuries ago. In the woodland of the southern peninsula, trek through heathers and heath of Shielmartin Hill toward a dramatic coastal cliff. 

Stop for a rest at Red Rock Creek, then search out some coastal caves (tides permitted), where you can see some of the marine life that thrives below the waterline. 

Climb up the well-known cliffside paths to the Baily Lighthouse and up to Howth Summit. Walk back down into town via the old tramlines, returning to the harbor.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Howth Head
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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Howth Castle
Pass by Howth Castle, our very own real life Game of Thrones. 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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cliff Path Loop
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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sutton
Follow the amazing path around the bottom of Shielmartin Hill towards the breath taking views of Dublin Bay on the sunny side of the Hill
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Red Rock
Dublin's best kept secret
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Baily Lighthouse
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. 
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Howth Summit
Reach the Summit where the world famous views of the Baily Lighthouse, Dublin Bay and the Wicklow mountains will take your breath away.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shane's Howth Adventures
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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear is required
  • Please note: Trails can be soft, even wet, and are generally not paved
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shanes Howth Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Comfortable walking boots are a must as you walk many miles over uneven ground." See review
  • "Enjoy the challenge and make sure you are dressed properly."

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Thank you Zack and Bruno for an amazing...
James E
, Sep 2018
Thank you Zack and Bruno for an amazing day. Howth is spectacular, the view are amazing. Zack's local knowledge and enthusiasm made our trip one to remember. Would highly recommend. Comfortable walking boots are a must as you walk many miles over uneven ground.
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This was a fantastic tour, with a...
julie.rea
, Aug 2018
This was a fantastic tour, with a top guide. Shane led our group of 10 off the beaten track, where we enjoyed fantastic views and some magical paths. He lead at a pace that worked for a mixed ability group.......provided a truely delicious lunch and also made some insider recommendations for dinner in the town of Howth after the walk finished. Shane created a friendly, supportive, safe and interested environment and by the end of the walk we all knew each others names and had had a chance to circulate and meet each other as we walked long, Top tip..... Howth is a very pleasant train tip from Dublin and the town is known for its excellent seafood, so well worth staying for dinner before heading home.
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We really had a fabulous time on our...
Marley B
, Jan 2018
We really had a fabulous time on our tour of the Howth Peninsula! We so enjoyed hiking up the mountain through the woods, then across the cliffs overlooking the ocean! What a great day we had !
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Excellent hiking experience. We...
Nicholas Z
, Apr 2017
Excellent hiking experience. We enjoyed an energetic four hour hike through some great terrain. Our guide was excellent and made the journey even more enjoyable.
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Excellent way to see the beauty of...
Tim J
, Aug 2016
Excellent way to see the beauty of Howth but be advised this is a challenging hike with difficult terrain at times and you need to be prepared. Bring water and wear long pants. The trails you will be traversing are sometimes overgrown and will shred your lower legs if not covered. You will navigate cliff faces and slippery rocks on the beach but don't let that deter you. This was my and my son's favorite excursion on our Ireland trip. Embrace the challenge, enjoy the beauty, and get ready for an intense workout.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hi Tim, Your advice is very accurate and its great to hear this was your favourite excursion in Ireland. It is a real hike and you do need to be ready. Your tips reflect the message we try to get across in the description and itinerary, but we can always improve, and sometimes the vistors pay more attention to the reviews than the description, so thanks again. is mise, le meas, Shane
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This hiking tour is good for a...
April L
, Jul 2016
This hiking tour is good for a family with teenagers or people on their own who wish to explore Howth in an exciting hiking experience. Shane was an amazing guide!

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