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.