Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour
Experience a unique adventure in nature and history on this unique guided hike. With your local guide, explore the Unesco Biosphere, on coastal paths and cliff walks, wandering through woodlands and forest in the footsteps of the ancient peoples of Ireland. Your beautiful, fascinating, and sometimes challenging journey, will expose natural attractions and views to charm your senses. Share your guides local insight with the history, legends, and myths of Ireland over the last 6,000 years. Get the inside scoop on the druids, Celts, saints, scholars, vikings, Normans, English, and many others who fought and died for possession of this charming and mysterious peninsula.
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.