Howth Cliff Walk (Purple Route)

Location: Co. Dublin.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Time: 3 hours – though we didn’t complete the loop :/

Distance: 11k.

Equipment: Hiking boots, Rain gear, gloves, hat, snacks, water, (a tenner for a taxi back to the car should a blizzard set in)

Families: Not suitable for buggies.

Rating: 4.5 stars


We chose this walk as a ‘handy one’ but unfortunately, the horrendous weather forced us to cut the route short. We had hoped to do the purple route, but ended up splitting off early and taking refuge in the nearby Summit pub. A beautiful walk nonetheless and we look forward to returning on a sunny day. The route starts at the pier and finishes at the train station – we walked it in reverse (not recommended).

Purple route
The discoverireland map
Our route
The walkers
A definite wrong turn
Stunning views
Glad we didn’t persevere on the cliffs

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