The Howth Coastal Path in Ireland is a stunning walk that begins at the parking area of Balscadden Bay leading up and around the Nose of Howth to the cliff tops. Howth is a bustling village with several sites of attraction for tourists. The path offers visitors spectacular panoramic views which include: the lush green Wicklow Mountains to the south, County Down’s Mountains of Mourne to the north, and a bay in between.
It a half hour trip from Dublin and the train puts you within a short walk of the start of the path. The path covers a distance of 7km which ascends up to 140m. It’s an nice walk that takes approximately between 2 to 3 hours. The terrain is a mix of gravel, tarmac and firm earthen paths. It’s hilly but not so steep.
Along the path you will able to have a clear view of the Lambay Island, The National Museum, Ireland’s Eye, the Martello Tower, Howth Castle, and the magnificent Baily Lighthouse. As you walk and enjoy the views, you may want to stop for refreshments along the Bailey Green Road at The Summit Inn. At the peak of the walk lies Ben of Howth which is marked by the legendary burial cairn. This is site is said to be the last resting place of the last of the Irish giants. Finally, the path returns downhill to Howth Village.
The Howth Coastal Path also offers great views for people who love wildlife. In particular, the Ireland’s Eye and its bird sanctuary. This place has razorbills, gulls, guillemots, gannets and fulmars, among others. In addition, sometimes you can also find grey seals diving for fish just offshore.
Therefore, the Howth Coastal Path is a great place to go for a walk in Dublin. It offers great views and gives you a chance to get away from your daily routine for a moment. Visit this great place and enjoy a good time away from home.
MUCKROSS LAKE LOOP: 100m
TORC WATERFALL LOOP: 150m
MUCKROSS LAKE LOOP: 15km
TORC WATERFALL LOOP: 4.5km
MUCKROSS LAKE LOOP: 3-5hrs
TORC WATERFALL LOOP: 2hrs
MUCKROSS LAKE LOOP: moderate
TORC WATERFALL LOOP: moderate
Start and Finish
MUCKROSS LAKE LOOP: paved lanes and earthen footpaths
TORC WATERFALL LOOP: paved lanes and earthen footpaths
KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK WALKS
Killarney is situated on the south west corner of the beautiful island of Ireland, Killarney is a wonderful little town that rests easily at the foot of Ireland’s highest mountain range, the McGillicuddy Reeks and is nestled between there and the sea.
Here you will find a magnificent array of color, a thousand shades of green and brown, trees and shrubs that are thousands of years old scattered over the vast hills that are inhabited by wild Red and Sika Deer.
This is a paradise for walkers or for those of us who seek peace and tranquility. The many walks and trails of the Killarney valleys, such as the Gap of Dunloe and Molls Gap or the hill walks of Torc Waterfall and Mountain or the Old Kenmare Road Trail are simply splendid.
Killarney Town is set on the edge of a vast National Park and surrounding Killarney are 3 great corrie lakes that were established during the Ice Age, this affords Killarney a great tranquility, just follow the many trails lead from the town.
It is here also that you will find fantastic entertainment, the great Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, one of Ireland’s greatest music artists will perform at the INEC this winter and there are many Cheap Hotels in Killarney or indeed cheap Bed and Breakfast in Killarney too. Singer Paul was born in Strabane in the North of Ireland, he dabbled with a lot of music styles and various instruments in his earlyyears and if you are looking to see Paul then be sure to come visit the Harmonyinn Guesthouse, great budget accommodation in Killarney.
There are many Bed and Breakfast in Killarney and plenty of spaces to pitch your family tents but the Harmonyinn Rivermere is special. Killarney also hosts the International Darts Festival on the 19th, 20th, 21st October and there are plenty cheap B&B in Killarney to accommodate the many guests that are expected. The Harmonyinn Guest House itself accommodated over 20 of last year’s entries, including the finalists. It was a very successful event and the prize money is huge this year 2012, a fund of over €90,000.
Another act that has chosen Killarney Ireland for his latest tour is the great Don McLean, he chose Killarney because of the array of great hotel in Killarney Ireland.
November in Killarney sees the return of Charley Pride. One of the very few black country and western singers to achieve mainstream success. He blazed a trail in the 60’s and 70’s. Whether it is tranquility, activity, entertainment or scenery you desire, then Killarney is a real winter wonderland.
The lettermaghera loop trail is a lovely landscape situated on a minor road with bog tracks and green lanes. lettermaghera passes through Salmon Leap Bridge where lough feeagh and furnace lough meet and also you can spot jumping fish. There are panoramic sights of clew bay and some other numerous islands.
Clew Bay is considered to be the most treasured in the coastal of County Mayo. Compared with Croagh Patrick, the Clew Bay has its advantages because it is enclosed by mountains on practically every side. On the north there is Nephin Beg range and on the south there is the Sheeffry Hills.
The lettermaghera loop is about 100 meters in height, it’s also 3 kilometers in length from the west of Newport. Newport is a small town built in the 18th century with a lovely 7-arched viaduct of red sandstones.
Furnace Lough is the home of the largest marine research stations in the Europe. The route that can lead you to the largest marine research station starts from the Derrad community to the north along the narrow lane and then around a maze of small lakes.
The Salmon bridge builds a gap between the Furnace lough and the Lough Feeagh road creating a magnificent view of specimen making their technique to their spawning ground. In order to view other islands of Clew Bay you turn left at the junction of Furnace lough encounters Lough Feeagh.
The route also turns to the south where it leads you to pass on an old Mass Rock, along with numerous dismantled railway and lakes. This part used to operate between the year 1892 to the year 1937 in the old Westport-Achill. Then take off to the Community Centre.
The best thing with the lettermaghera loop walk is that it includes an offer of breakfast, packed lunch, supper and an accommodation for the night for only 100 Euro.