The harbour village of Howth on the north side of Dublin Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in the capital. It was a favourite haunt of James Joyce who wrote it into his novel Ulysses, Howth Head being the setting where Leopold Bloom proposed to his love, Molly Bloom.
Once an Island off the coast of Dublin, Howth was originally a monastic settlement. It was later linked to the mainland by a build up of sand which formed a spit which eventually became the town of Sutton.
Howth has so many attractions, the first and foremost the working harbour and harbour wall walk. In the summer, boat trips to the neighbouring island called Ireland’s Eye leave the harbour on an hourly basis. Howth is also home to the Haunted Howth Castle, which, to this day, is a private residence to the St. Lawrence family. Set in one of Dublin’s most scenic golf courses, which is open to the public, the castle was the hub of Howth life for many centuries.
Howth is also well known amongst Dubliners for the scenic walks around the cliffs of Howth Head (via Howth Head lighthouse) and the views of Portmarnock, Malahide and Baldoyle to the north and the whole of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. There is also the rhododendron walk within Howth Castle grounds which also has an ancient Irish Dolmen.
After you have walked up an appetite, the choice of restaurants and cafes are plenty. Amongst our favourites are the “Oar House” restaurant along the left harbour wall, serving seafood straight off the boats. Beshoff Fish and Chips is also a firm favourite, but beware the gulls looking for an easy meal. We also like to have an early morning coffee in “Il Panorama” on the main road, where you can sit at the window observing the comings and goings of the village. If you wish to stay on towards nightfall for the Craic agas ceol, we recommend the “Abbey Tavern” on the hill en route to the village or the Bloody Stream below the dart station, both of which provide authentic Irish food, drink and music.
Howth can be reached by bus from Dublin city routes 31 & 31B. The Dart (train which goes from Bray to Howth along Dublin Bay via the city) also leaves the city every 10-20 minutes to Howth which at the end of the line.