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Last updated on November 9, 2023

Howth fishing village – Binn Éadair in Irish, coming from the word headland. It’s a famous, fancy small port village and a great spot for a cliff walk, wildlife watching and number of memorable experiences. Here is the best itinerary for Howth village for adventurous seekers!

Exceptional day itinerary for Howth village.

Want to discover breathtaking seaside town – Howth can never be missed. It’s a beautiful destination for an active day trip. With number of attractions in the harbour, Howth invites on amazing cliff walks from short, 1-hour loop to more strenous hiking.

Howth used to be a small fishing village but over the years thanks to its charm, location and unforgettable atmosphere the place has become hugely popular and turned into one of the most visited destinations in whole Ireland.

Howth Coastal Hiking.

Howth Peninusla is a great destination for a day cliff walk offering amazing panoramic views of the east coast of Ireland including surrounding islands. You can choose from few available trekking options. At least a short cliff hiking should be included in your itinerary for Howth village. 

Howth Head Walk is the easiest cliff walk along the Green trail. It starts in Howth harbour and takes about 1 hour to reach the summit car park.

The Purple Route is my favourite and it is the longest hiking trail in Howth of 10 kilometres. Good fitness level is required for this hike, depending on a weather it may take from 3-5 hours. Also, if you wish to spend some time hanging around cliff beaches – which is highly advisable – it will take up to 6-7 hours. 

The further you go the more chances you have to spot incredible wildlife. It is not unusual to see dolphins from Howth cliffs but most likely you’ll bump into sea lions. Be careful if the babies are around you may be attacked by a male sea lion. The moment I got closer with my camera to delightful mummy and the baby, the male came after me. 

Try famous fish & chips.

The purple trail ends close to dart station which gives you a chance to pop in to see the town. There is a huge choice of seafood restaurants and fish & chips spots in the harbour. The queue for the most popular fish & chips takeaways can be enormous during weekends and bank holidays. The beautiful scenery of the village and coastal paths brings lots of locals and attracts tourists whole year around. 

Howth market.

Take a walk along Howth market for best fresh foods and local specialities. On weekends and Bank Holidays the market opens at 9am, while during the week it’s active from 7am. The market has become highly popular and recently grew to 25 stalls. 

Howth Lighthouse.

Howth Harbour Lighthouse is located at the end of the pier, overlooking at Dublin Bay. Take a walk along the promenade to spot seals swimming and bobbing up with their cute noses.

Check incredible Full-day Private Dublin City Highlights Tour.

Seightseeing Boat Cruise in Howth.

Take a relaxing boat cruise to discover majestic cliffs from a different perspective and spot sea life: seals and even puffins (depending on a season). 

How to get to Howth?

There are several ways to get to Howth:

  • DART: the most convenient and fastest way (especially in busy weekends) is taking a dart – train. You can obtain tickets at the dart station. 
  • BUS: from Connoly Train Station from Dublin City Centre bus H3 will take you to Howth. However the trip might take about 1 hour, much longer than by a dart. 
  • CAR: there is a huge car parking in Howth Harbour, so even in most crowded days you should be able to find a spot. 
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