Howth Walks ~ There are a number of local recommended walking routes

There are coastal walk display boards at Balscaddan Car Park, Bottle Quay, The Bailey Car Park, Balkill Park and at the seafront close to Howth Dart Station.

Howth Coastal Path

Howth Coastal Walk

The walk starts at the parking area of Balscadden Bay. From here, a path leads up and around the Nose of Howth and onto the cliff tops. Continue uphill, taking in the stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, but take care as the path draws very close to the edge of the cliff. Moving upwards to 120m, a slight detour to the south takes you to the magnificent Baily Lighthouse. At the highest point of the walk (171m), the Ben of Howth awaits and it’s marked by an ancient burial cairn, which, according to legend, is said to be the final resting place of the last of the Irish giants. The path then returns downhill to Howth Village. 

Descriptions:
Distance: 7km | Ascent: 140m | Estimated Time: 2hrs - 3hrs | Grade: easy | Terrain: mix of tarmac, gravel and firm earthen paths | Start and Finish: Parking area few hundred metres east of Howth Village. 

Map available

 

Bog Of The Frogs

Bog of the Frogs Walk

A-B. Starting from the DART Station follow the purple arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, blue and red arrows for other shorter loops. At the end of the prom, veer right onto Balscadden Road and ascend to reach Kilrock car park from where you join the well trodden cliff path. 

B-C. Follow the cliff path for approximately 3km before the green, blue and red loops turn right and ascend to The Summit car park. You continue straight on here to reach the access road for the Baily Lighthouse. Cross the road and join the second section of cliff path. 
C-D. Continue to follow the cliff path for another 3km to pass safety handrails at Red Rock. Shortly afterwards, the loop swings right and uphill onto a grassy track. After 500m you cross the busy Carrickbrack Road and enter a hillside section. 
D-E. The track takes you around the shoulder of Sheilmartin Hill to enter a golf course. Cross the course carefully - using the line of white rocks as your line of travel. On the opposite side enter the Bog of the Frogs area. 
E-F. You now follow a track through the Bog of the Frogs and onto open hilltop on the shoulder of the Ben of Howth where you pick up the red loop before descending through the grounds of the local GAA Club, and eventually reaching the Balkill Park estate. 
F-A. Entering Balkill Park, you pick up the green and blue loops as you join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station - picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

Descriptions:
Ascent: 240m | Distance: 10km | Estimated Time: 2hrs 30mins - 3hrs 30mins | Grade: Hard | Trailhead: Howth Village | Terrain: Laneways, clifftop paths and hill tracks | Minimum Gear: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid | Theme: Coastal

Map available 

 

Black Linn Loop

Black Linn Loop Walk

A-B. Starting from the DART Station follow the red arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, blue and purple arrows for other loops. At the end of the prom, veer right onto Balscadden Road and ascend to reach Kilrock car park from where you join the well trodden cliff path. 
B-C. Follow the cliff path for approximately 3km before turning right (leaving the longer purple loop) and ascending to reach The Summit car park. 
C-D. Exit the car park through the height restriction barrier and join Bailey Green Road. Follow this road downhill to reach a junction of roads at The Summit Stores and pub. Turn left here. 
D-E. Follow the tarred road past The Summit Stores and, after approximately 100m, turn right onto a grassy pathway. At the end, cross Carrickbrack Road to join another pathway whcih ascends ‘Tweedy’s Hill’. Joining Windgate Road at the top of the short climb, turn right and travel for approximately 200m to reach the entrance to the hillside at a gateway on your left. 
D-E. You now follow a series of paths across an open hilltop section known locally as ‘Black Linn’, where it picks up the purple loop before descending through the grounds of the local GAA Club, and eventually reaching the Balkill Park estate. 
E-A. Entering Balkill Park, you pick up the green and blue loops as you join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station - picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

Descriptions:
Ascent: 160m | Distance: 8km | Estimated Time: 2hrs - 3hrs | Grade: Moderate | Trailhead: Howth Village | Terrain: Laneways and clifftop paths | Minimum Gear: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid | Theme: Coastal

Map available

 

Tramline Looped Walk

Tramline Looped Walk

This loop is one of four which starts at the DART (train) Station in the heart of the village. 
A-B. Starting from the DART Station follow the blue arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, red and purple arrows which are for other loops. At the end of the prom, veer right onto Balscadden Road and ascend to reach Kilrock car park from where you join the well trodden cliff path. 
B-C. Follow the cliff path for approximately 3km before turning right (leaving the longer purple loop) and ascending to reach The Summit car park. 
C-D. Exit the car park through the height restriction barrier and join Bailey Green Road. Follow this road downhill to reach a junction of roads at The Summit Stores and pub. 
D-E. Directly across from the bottom of Bailey Green Road, the entrance to the old tramline is marked by stone bollards. Cross Thormanby Road and join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station - picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

Descriptions:
Ascent: 130m | Distance: 7km | Estimated Time: 1hr 30mins - 2hrs | Grade: Easy | Trailhead: Howth Village | Minimum Gear: Walking shoes, raingear and fluid | Terrain: Laneways and clifftop paths | Theme: Coastal

Map available

 

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