Length 7.6 km (4.7 miles), terrain: some rocks, rise 128 meters
Dublin Running Routes:
Dun Laoghaire coastal run
City Centre loop
Howth Cliff Walk trail
See the other running routes here!
If you're in Dublin and you want to discover an authentic corner of wild Ireland, just hop on the DART train north to Howth and run/hike this amazing cliff trail.
|The cliff trail with a bit of rainbow under that cloud|
NOTE: see the Destinations Tips page for tips about spending your free time!
To get there, just take the green DART line, the Dublin commuter train line, with stops in the town center like Pearce-, Tara-, and Connolly stations. Howth is at the northern terminus of the green line, on a round peninsula which is barely connected to the mainland.
So, if you are ready for one memorable trail run, take the DART to Howth Station, then get out and turn left to start the run at the big harbor right next door. There is a promenade in a strip of park along the harbor.
|The fishing boats|
|Howth marina and lighthouse in the evening|
|Balscadden Bay, as seen from the road|
|View north towards Ireland's Eye|
|Gorse and rocks at the Nose of Heath|
You can see your first cliffs below you, with sea-birds nesting in the niches. To the right is a small peak, Kilrock, with great views of the sunsets.
|Hikers on Kilrock viewing the sunset|
After the rocky start, most of the trail is more runable: a narrow gravel path next to the cliffs. The path is not well-marked, but it doesn't matter: just stay along the water and you'll be fine.
|Trail/stream leading through the gorse|
|The white spots on the cliff are nesting seabirds|
|Baily Lighthouse on the promontory|
|Steps to the Summit|
|Upper Cliff Road|
Upper Cliff Road leads you back into town by entering a neighborhood. It ends at Thormanby Road, the main road through town.
|Along Thormanby Road|
Keep running downhill, passing the Abbey Tavern on the left, a comfortable old pub with great salmon chowder and good Irish beer.
|In the Abbey Tavern: I heartily recommend it!|
|The abbey ruins in twilight|
And aren't you glad you discovered this amazing corner of Dublin!