27. May 2019

Ireland: Malahide Castle & Howth Cliff Walk

We took the train to Malahide and Howth. There we made a 3-hour cliff walk with a fantastic view over the cliffs and the Baily lighthouse.

The second day in Ireland we did not spend in Dublin anymore, but drove directly to Malahide by train. Malahide is a seaside resort just north of Dublin and can be reached by train in about 20 minutes. There we had breakfast and saw Malahide Castle and the surrounding gardens. It was only a short trip before we drove to Howth to do a coastal walk. So we just looked at the little castle from the outside. It was quite nice, but probably not worth the visit, if you do not plan to visit it from the inside.

Around noon we drove to Howth, walked along the harbor, watched the seal in the harbor basin and dove deeper into the small village, until we arrived at the hiking trail. The loop trail covers about 7 km. Once you have made the first climb, the hike is very easy.

The path leads over a steep coast through the typical Irish landscape. The view is really impressive, especially the view of the Baily Lighthouse on the peninsula of Howth Head. The lighthouse marks the southeastern end of the peninsula and, at the same time, the northern boundary of Dublin Bay.

We were pretty lucky with the weather. It looked quite rainy, but remained dry during the whole hike. And even as we arrived at the Howth Summit, the already low sun bathed the Baily Lighthouse in incredible light. The descent to the harbor then took us through the idyllic village along small houses and shops. Then we took the train back to Dublin.

This coastal walk has definitely been a highlight of the Ireland trip and should stand on any bucket list when it comes to visiting Dublin.