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Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

1. Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

After a briefing, cruise at a leisurely pace as you discover Howth Harbour, Howth Castle, and Deer Park. Cycle on back lanes and shortcuts that only locals know, as you explore the unknown and quiet sunny side of Howth Peninsula to Strand Road and the Sutton Martello Tower, overlooking the UN Biosphere of Dublin Bay. Before you know it and with hardly any effort you will be at the top of Howth Head with panoramic views North, South, East, and West. Discover little-known trails across the heathlands and the epic cliff paths, as you take in views over the Baily Lighthouse and beyond. Your tour guide's local insight will bring these classic locations to life, weaving history, nature, legends, and folktales with modern times. Freewheel back down to Howth Harbour, where you can use your new-found local knowledge to truly feel at home.

Dublin: Coastal Craft Beer & Seafood Trail

2. Dublin: Coastal Craft Beer & Seafood Trail

After meeting with your tour guide, you will wander through a picturesque fishing village, stopping off at locations along the route to sample the delights of Howth. Along the way, you will hear tales of Howth's ancient past, including Viking and Norman invasions, the history of the 700-year-old castle, kings landing, gun running of Howth (1914), and many many more, mixed with some funny Irish anecdotes. As you stroll across Howth Harbor, you will see the fishing boats returning from sea with their latest catch, and be able to interact with the local fishermen, who are only too willing to share a story or two. Have all of your senses engaged on your journey, with the best views in Ireland, magical sea smells, sounds of the wide variety of local wildlife, and unrivaled food and drink. A selection of seafood will be made on the day, to ensure it is locally sourced and the freshest in Ireland. Your culinary choices will include Dublin Bay Prawns, gambas, mussels, oysters, crab claws, calamari, and of course, Howth's famous seafood chowder.

Dublin: Howth Hiking Tour

3. Dublin: Howth Hiking Tour

Immerse yourself in nature by hiking on the charming Howth Peninsula, a treasure of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. Attune your senses and spirit to the outdoors. Feel a real connection with the land and people around you. A gnarly and beautiful coastal adventure in any season. Discover Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides, nobody knows it better. Be ready for 10 kms to 15 kms (6 to 9 miles) in about 4 hours. Relive history as you walk through the ages and explore unique habitats that vary by day and season.  Submit to the ancient romance and resonance of 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. Clear your mind and ignite your creativity with the salty air and cool breezes on your cheeks. Follow WB Yeats' Fairy Road down to the sea and the cliffs. Surrender your ears to the soughing of the forest and the gentle tunes of the trees. Sometimes embrace wild storms, crashing waves and lashing seas. Panoramic views of the Baily Lighthouse from the clifftops. Exercise your body and soul. Digest the myths and intimate tales, legends and history of 6000 years. The real high comes from the group, roving through enchanting territory, air and light from one inspiring place to the next. Cross trainers, boots or stout shoes are recommended.  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 center, 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 the tour in Howth.  The Dart works well too (Dublin Area Rapid Transit ) and both have excellent free WIFI.

Dublin: Coastal Hike and Pints

4. Dublin: Coastal Hike and Pints

Experience a journey through time, hearing tales of Viking and Norman invasions and learning about the history of the 700-year-old castle. Immerse yourself in Irish culture as you walk through the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey (Built in 1042), and visit sites known only to locals (Hidden Howth). There will be plenty of time for photographs as you stroll through the fishing village, meeting the local colony of seals and wide variety of seabirds, before you ascend towards the cliffs. You can then take in the stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, and be overwhelmed by the heady scent from the gorse on the heath. The Baily Lighthouse and Dublin Bay will then come into view as you ascend towards the summit, and from there, you will stroll down the old tramline and finish off in a local pub for a pint of beer. Whether you have a passion for Irish history, hiking, or myths and legends, there is something for everyone on this tour.

Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

5. Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

Start your tour as you depart from Dublin and explore the nearby coast of Dublin Bay, moving through the interior and then the coast. Make a photo stop at the curious Casino Marino for the chance to learn about the use of this little architectural jewel. Take a tour inside Malahide castle and enjoy some free time to explore its gardens at your own pace. This castle was owned by the same family, the Talbot, for 800 years. Hear the ghost stories that are associated with its walls and corridors. It dates from the 11th century and was enlarged and restored at the time of Georgian splendour. En route, marvel at pretty villages like Malahide, parks like St Anne's, and beaches like Portmarnock. Take an optional walk from Howth's Summit cliff to the village to enjoy breath-taking views of Dublin bay and the Wicklow mountains. In the fishermen's harbor of Howth, have the chance to see seals swimming and begging for food from the boats. Finally, return along Bull island and the park of Santa Ana and Fairview.

Dublin: Coastal Walk with Howth Adventures

6. Dublin: Coastal Walk with Howth Adventures

Enjoy an unforgettable day at this beautiful Dublin coastal harbor and village. Gain a unique insight into the harbor and village, tales, legends, and history of Howth. Visit the amazing grounds of Howth's 800-year old castle, relax in the hidden wonder of the giant rhododendron gardens and follow the secret paths and trails through the woodlands and heathlands.   Take in the world-famous cliff path and best panoramic views on the east coast of Ireland which lead you back to the village and all the famous hospitality Howth has to offer.

Dublin: Private City Tour in German

7. Dublin: Private City Tour in German

Discover Dublin in a number of ways with an individual and private sightseeing tour (only available in German). Get a personalized tour tailor-made to your wishes and interests like history, Irish literature, architecture or the more macabre aspects of Dublin. Experience a relaxed walk through the city center, the Docklands, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and many more. You decide when you want to start and where you want to meet your guide. Learn interesting facts through fascinating stories with lots of humor. Pass by Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. You may visit the campus independently after the tour since, until further notice, Trinity is closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

Dublin: Coastal, Castles & Distillery Tour with Tasting

8. Dublin: Coastal, Castles & Distillery Tour with Tasting

Travel in an airconditioned bus from Dublin to Howth Peninsula for a panoramic tour. Explore the castles of Malahide and Ardgillan on guided tours. See how Pearse Lyons Irish Whiskey is crafted and sip on some whiskey samples. Visit the graveyard of the St. James Church during your visit to Pearse Lyons Distillery.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at centrally-located meeting points on Dublin's Nassau street or at the Custom House Quay. Relax aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. The guide will keep you well informed with storytelling and local history on the drive. Take in views of the stunning Clontarf Coast where you can gaze out at Bull Island before a passing through the verdant hills and charming villages of Howth Peninsula. Stop at 'Malahide Castle and Gardens' for an in-house tour of one of the most pristine Irish castle interiors in the country. Visitors can then stroll through their wonderful gardens before purchasing a coffee or browsing through their gift shop. Continue to Ardgillan Castle and on the way, pass through magnificent North County Dublin Coastal towns of Skerries and Balbriggan. Walk through the halls of 18th-century Ardgillan Castle on a guided tour. Have some free time to purchase lunch in the the Castle Tea Rooms. Make your way to the heart of Irish Whiskey distilling at Pearse Lyons Distillery. Uncover the secrets of the whiskey-making process straight from the distillers. Savor three samples of the Pearse Irish Whiskey range. Finally, experience the macabre on a guided tour of the St. James graveyard where your guide will share the history of St. James Church with you. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Dublin: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

9. Dublin: Half-Day Private Walking Tour

Explore Dublin according to your own personal interests on a 3-hour walking tour of the city’s historic streets. Created by renowned historian and author Pat Liddy, the team of professional tour guides will tailor each tour to suit your tastes. They will meet you at your centrally located Dublin hotel, and take you on a journey through the Irish capital’s colorful, and at times traumatic, history. Travel back in time, from early medieval times to the present, and discover the cities literary associations and architectural heritage. Or focus on the more macabre aspects of Dublin. You can start at any time you like, and tours can cater for family walks, looking after the needs and interests of the younger family members if required. Full of fascinating stories, surprising facts, hidden gems, and bags of humor, each tour also comes with discounted entrance to the main tourist attractions, such as the Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition, St Michan's Church, where you can see mummified bodies, the Guinness Storehouse, and Jameson Distillery.

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What people are saying about Howth

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 639 reviews

Thank you very much Zack, had a great time today. Trek was brilliant but was not enough though..:)) will come back again. The history, guidance.. we were lucky as it was early spring with colourful scenery.. and the great weather on that day. Also the restaurant, food, service.. staff.. all in all was absolutely amazing.. how friendly they were.. thanks a lot again for a fruitful day.. cheers aysel..

That was my best decision of the day booking this tour! The dog Loki and the tour guide Zack were super friendly and the tour was very nice. I would do it again when I'm back here.

We were traveling with Paula and her dog. She told us a lot about Howth and the story. We were really lucky with the weather and had a super clear view even from the top

The ride was beautiful, qne tour guides are very friendly, nice, and considerate. I hight recommend it to anyone visiting or newly arrived to live in Dublin like myself

Conor told exciting and interesting stories and anecdotes. In addition, he was very approachable and caring to all 12 participants.