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Howth Loop Trail is a 10 mile loop trail located near Howth, County Dublin, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 10.0 mi Elevation gain 1,607 ft Route type Loop

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Enjoy stunning scenery as you follow the clifftop paths around the Howth peninsula. The Howth peninsula forms the northern tip of Dublin Bay and has long been a popular destination for daytrippers keen to explore its fishing village, its hills and sea cliffs. Despite its proximity to Dublin city, it largely retains a wild, remote feel on account of its relative isolation from the rest of the mainland. This guide explores the harbour area around Howth Village before rambling along the clifftop path around the peninsula, returning over the central hills and via the grounds of Howth Castle. The geology of the peninsula is predominantly quartzite and with rocks dating from the Cambrian period, approximately 550 million years ago, making them among the oldest rocks in Ireland. Evidence of human habitation on the peninsula dates back to at least 3,500 BC. Howth is depicted in a 2nd century map of Ireland by the Alexandrian scholar, Ptolemy, as a small island named Edri Deserta, or Edar's Desert. This suggests that the Sutton Isthmus, which connects Howth to the mainland, only formed in the last 1,900 years. The name Howth originates in the Norse word, Hofuth, meaning headland, and dates from the time of the Viking settlement of the Dublin area. The Irish name for Howth, Binn Éadair, may mean Hill of Edar, referring to one of the Tuatha De Dannan tribe, believed to be buried on the Ben of Howth, or it may be a corruption of Ben na Dair, meaning Hill of the Oaks. The Vikings arrived in 819 AD and established Howth as an important seaport. Following their defeat at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, many of the survivors fled to Howth, where they were left to settle in peace. A number of surnames common to the Howth area, such as Harford, Thunder, Rickard and Waldron, are of Norse origin. The Norsemen remained at Howth until the Norman invasion of Ireland when they were defeated by the Norman knight Almeric Tristram on St Laurence's Day, 10 August 1177. Tristram took the surname St Laurence in honour of his victory and established his estate at Howth Castle. The castle has remained in the ownership of the St Laurence family ever since, although the unbroken line of male succession came to an end in 1909. Isolated from the rest of Dublin, Howth existed as a sleepy fishing village for most of its history until the early 19th century when it was selected to serve as the port for the mail packet ship service to Britain. The harbour at Howth was opened in 1818 but suffered from problems with silting and the packet ship relocated to Dun Laoghaire in 1834. The harbour remains home to a substantial fishing fleet and the village is now a smart suburb of Dublin thanks to the DART railway service. The village and the cliff path draws many tourists throughout the year.

Howth is Magic http://www.howthismagic.com/ GPX file (EveryTrail Trip) http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1562901

The cliff path is rather exposed in certain sections and it is not recommended during stormy weather. You should always bring a waterproof and windproof jacket given the changeable nature of the Irish weather. The terrain varies from paved paths to rough tracks, with the southern section of the cliff path particularly uneven. Nevertheless, flat trail shoes with good grip should suffice. The best way to get to Howth is via the DART. Car parking is available at the harbour but spaces may be at a premium, especially on fine weekends. There are numerous options for refreshments in Howth village.

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Libby Phillips
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Hiking

i've done the howth hike a number of times. it's actually the last thing i did before i had to leave ireland due to COVID-19. that hike is my final and one of my fondest memories. highly recommend. go to beshoff bro's after and definitely check out the howth market and pier walk

Pelle John
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Bernard Chanliau
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Hiking

great walk 3.30hrs purple loop

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Sérgio Murilo
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

Amazing! I made the trail all over the cliffs leaving Howth city center and arriving at Sutton Dart Station. Incredible landscape with different beauty at each walk, always with signage throughout the trail. The next trail I want to do is the red, purple and bristle trails that are inside the forest. These same trails also have their share on the cliffs.

Alan Fitzgerald
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RunningMuddyOff trailRocky

Excellent trail and at some parts fairly challenging (for me anyway). It can get busy and around l narrow areas runners can be slowed down to a halt. Worth it for the views. Note: it can get very muddy after rainfall and there are plenty of loose rocks so watch your ankles.

Nick Schoenbaechler
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with ocean views throughout. Trail is well-maintained.

Fanny Gardyn
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Enes Çankırı
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Papa Jensen
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Hiking

Making lots of improvements some detours. Follow orange signs and use app.

Sergio Guillermo
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Hiking

fantastic views! went from howth to Sutton!

Anna Schwartz
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Hiking

50% great trail and views, 50% narrow trail with no views bordered by homes. INCREDIBLY busy on weekends. I would just do the summit next time. The crowds thin out with elevation gain.

Leslieann Hannon
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Hiking

2nd hike and found the last 40mins tough but the views kept me smiling

Sam Schmitz
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Nicola Woodhams
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Absolutely adored hiking this trail yesterday. Stunning views, hidden beaches, caves and cliffs. Its hard work and took me longer than expected but its so worth it. Can't wait to come back and do it again!

Mirela User
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Ken Robinson
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Hiking

The bog of frogs loop is a lovely mix of sea views and a summit peak to Howth Head and a moderate hike

Clay Little
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Hiking

This is a great easy to moderate trail that gives you options of waking along the cliffs edge or walking a parallel trail just above it. The trails are not too rough but some a few small areas are steeper with some loose rocks. The trails can be narrow in places and heavy vegetation on both sides. Not a huge deal, but on the weekends this is quite a busy trail and requires a lot of stepping aside to pass or be passed. We took the inland trail back to the harbor and it was an easy hike back, though no real views. A lot of green and flowers. The trails are all lined with some beautiful plants a long the cliffs and inland, but they are also very thorny / prickly. For those not wanting to walk a long ways, drive to the summit and walk down a short way too view the bay and lighthouse. Very quick but a little steep.

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