There are four looped walks around Howth Head, Co Dublin. These walks range in difficulty from easy to hard and are ideally suited for people either looking for a scenic stroll or a challenging walk. The four walks in Dublin are:

Lower Cliff Loop (Grade: Easy)
Tramline Loop (Grade: Easy)
Masts Loop (Grade: Moderate)
Bog of Frogs Loop (Grade: Hard)

Howth Peninsula is situated 15km north east of Dublin City Centre and is very accessible by public transport, in particular the DART. All four routes both start and end at Howth DART station. Howth is a scenic village and a favourite haunt on summer days of Dublin People for the wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars on offer along with scenic views of the working harbour, Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island. All of the four routes take in the Martello Tower and the Baily Lighthouse while the National Transport Museum is worth checking out.

The tourist information provided with the walk list the total distance as 10km, but I have done this walk twice and with rudimentary calculations I believe this walk to be in the region of 17 kilometres. The 3 hours allotted on the literature to complete the walk is optimistic at best and would be expected of walkers already at a good standard of fitness.

I have completed this walk twice, the first time in 3.5 hours and the second time in 2.5 hours, but at a very fast pace. The route is well signposted by minimal purple arrows at key points, although a print out of the route would be ideal. Proper walking boots are needed for the Bog of Frogs walk due to wet muddy patches while the other routes are paved much better.

Car Rental Discount: Info Ireland previously teamed up with Malone Car Rental Ireland to offer a 10% discount to those interested in partaking in hill walking activities. I have just checked with Malone Car Rental and they are willing to continue this offer. Malone Car Rental Ireland have numerous SUV suitable for such activities. To avail of this special offer, enter the following word into the promotional code field on the Malone website: Walking

Equipment Needed: Walking boots, Raingear, Snack Foods and Fluids

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