Just 25 minutes on the DART from Connolly station is the picturesque Howth village. Get out of the busy city and into the quiet fishing village for a day. This is where Dubliners come when they want to get away from it all.
Howth is a working harbor, home to the freshest and best fish in all of Dublin. It boasts great fish mongers and fish and chip shops all around the bay. Try out Beshoffs Bros. for authentic fish and chips. Eat them on the sea wall watching the various fishing boats and yachts coming in and out. Alternatively head inside of one of the fine bars and restaurants. O’Connell’s do a very good fish chowder and Octopussy, located on the west pier, have excellent sea food tapas letting you sample all of the treasures of Dublin bay. If you’re completely insane, you can go for a spot of scuba diving or water skiing in the winter waters from Feelgood Scuba at the end of the west pier.
The Howth peninsula is great for walking and seeing wild Ireland. A view a million miles away from Dublin city centre. Heading west from the DART station, away from the main village, you’ll soon get to the Howth Castle grounds. This is home to National Transport Museum of Ireland; an impressive collection of public and business transports throughout the history of Ireland, Deer Park Hotel Golf and Spa; a luxurious resort on the hills of the peninsula, and Howth Castle; the private residence of the Gaisford-St Lawrence family is not usually open to the public but does have some impressive 800 year old architecture.
It is possible to walk all the way up and past the golf club. Find one of the tracks into the trees and it will take you up and over the mountains in Howth. THE best way to see the harbor and the bay of Dublin. There are display boards to show the walk routes at Balscaddan Car Park, Bottle Quay, The Bailey Car Park, Balkill Park and at the seafront close to Howth Dart Station. When you’ve reached the summit of Howth, you’ve earned a pint in The Summit Inn. Drink it gladly while over lokking the islands of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay. A rewarding day well spent out and about in the Irish countryside.