1. Howth Safari Hike

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Join the best adventure in Dublin.  Dive into the nature and history of Ireland. Tune your senses and spirit to the Zen Druids of Howth. Feel a real Connect with the land, the sea and the surprising animals of this famed UNESCO Biosphere. Gnarly and beautiful coastal sensation all year around.  Nobody knows it better.

Are you ready for 10 kms to 15 kms (6 to 9 miles) in about 4 hours.
 

Ancient romance and resonance at Aideen's Grave, a druidic altar and gateway to the Otherworld, as old as the pyramids. Climb to HG Wells' most beautiful view in the world. Read the weather from the salty air and cool breezes on your cheeks. Follow WB Yeats' Fairy Road down to the sea and the cliffs. Surrender to the whispers of the woodland the forest and stories of the trees. Tough weather means wild storms, crashing waves and lashing seas. James Joyce and Dublins garden gate was The Baily Lighthouse.  Take the next steps into the myths and legends of 10,0000 years.  Make it your story. 

35 easy minutes from Dublin city centre by Dart or 31Bus with free wifi,  or taxi. 

-small groups only, don't get lost in a crowd.      Wanderung...une randonée.... Vandretur....Caminata..поход

Spring (March, April, May):

Springtime brings coconut aromas from the gorse, and wild garlic underfoot in the woodland, as the Siamese Rain Forest comes to bloom. The extending daylight invigorates every living thing including you. 

Summer (June, July, August):

The yellows turn to purple Howth's over the headland. Birds abound all along the cliffs at this time of year too: kittiwakes, gulls, cormorants, guillemots, gannets, and more. Spot the porpoises, dolphins, and seals in the bay. 

Autumn/Fall (September, October, November):

This is the Celtic season as the light lowers to the sea and the magical silver of the western isles bring the shade for winter rest.

Winter (December, January, Feburary):

Brace the cold and awaken your senses to wild raw nature. Witness the sublime raging seas on stormy winter days. Howth's Winter woodland is stark and magnificent. 

Tips:
I recommend cross trainers, boots or stout shoes.  Keep an eye on the weather and think about a light waterproof, gloves, scarf and hat in a backpack. Water and a snack wouldn't hurt either.

Holiday Hack! Get the 31 or 31/a bus from Talbot street in the city centre, sit up stairs, up front or on the right hand side and treat yourself to a coastal tour and intimate review of Dublin as you make your way out to join us in Howth.  The Dart works well too ( Dublin Area Rapid Transit ) and both have excellent free WIFI.

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  • Assemble to leave at 11.00 am at the Tourism Kiosk on Harbour road, 5 minutes walk from the Dart Station.
  • Up by the old Tramlines toward Ben Edar, or through the village to the Tramline bench.
  • The Bog of Frogs and through the woodland to the Rhodies and Aideen's Grave.
  • Jungle trails to Muck Rock.
  • Shielmartin, the Sutton Martello, Red-Rock and Bellingham's.
  • On and on...The Sheep's Hole, Guinness's, Jameson's and the Candlesticks.
  • Smugglers' caves, hidey holes, ruined boathouses and nostalgic swimming pools, faded glories of the 20's.
  • By the Lion's Head, Baily Jumps and The Summit.
  • Back down to the village for 4 pm approximately, if we are not waylaid!
  • The journey may vary to make sure you get the best of each other, Howth, the weather and the tide.

Highlights

  • Join your crew on the quayside, a bustling harbour. Boats and seals on the water as the locals ply their trades
  • Walk in the footsteps of the fairies, the Celts, the Christians who beat St Patrick to the punch, The Vikings, the Normans, and their Lanister Armies, Napoleons threat , the Howth Gun Running and the War of Indepence
  • Theres no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.  Det er ikke noe som dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær
  • Meet the trees of the  broadleaf deciduous woodland of the Druids in this  the UNESCO Biosphere.
  • Stay fresh in everchanging habitats , heathland, cliffs, jungle and meadow.
  • Wildlife abounds including porpoises and dolphins, seals, raptors, heron, cormorant and curlew.
  • Explore the nooks and crannies, coves and caves.
  • Rockhop below the tideline. For the sure footed.
  • Stoke a natural high and let this place become a part of you forever.
  • Wrap up with teatimers for aprês with the locals and treat yourself to a seafood supper.
     

Route

  1. Howth Tourism office
  2. The old Tramlines
  3. Evora
  4. Ben Edar
  5. Aideens Grave
  6. Muck Rock
  7. Mud Oak Cottage
  8. BarrenHill
  9. Red Rock
  10. Bellinghams Harbour
  11. The Needles
  12. The Lions Head
  13. Old Baily Cottage
  14. The Summit Inn
  15. The Seventy Steps
  16. The Village
  17. Howth Abbey