For an idyllic day trip from the capital, the sleepy fishing village of Howth should be high on your Dublin to-do list.
Howth is an ancient settlement nine miles north of Dublin, built on the rugged peninsula of Howth Head and surrounded by some of the most awe-inspiring landscape on Ireland’s east coast. A walk along the cliff path will take you past the Baily Lighthouse and ruined abbey, and give you an exhilarating view of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. History lovers should arrange a private tour of Howth Castle, one of the oldest occupied buildings in Ireland and home to the Gaisford-St Lawrence family since they founded the estate in the 12th century. For animal lovers, a short boat trip will take you to Ireland’s Eye, a tiny uninhabited island off Howth Head teeming with seals and a dizzying variety of seabirds. Howth is still a major fishing center and for floppingly fresh seafood, Elite Traveler recommends Aqua Restaurant on West Pier.
Howth, County Dublin