I recently spent the day exploring a small fishing village on the the north side of Dublin Bay. Howth is only 10 kilometers from Dublin and it’s accessible by bus, train (DART), boat or car. On this particular day I decided to go on a ferry from Dun Laoghaire East Pier.
The ferry costs €22 per adult and can be pre-booked online at dublinbaycruises.com. After a one hour journey we arrived to a village with viking roots and stunning views.
My first stop was the Howth Market where I popped into for a cup of coffee at Bodega. The market is open on weekends and public holidays from 10am to 6pm. You will find food stalls serving delicious pastries, fries, fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade jam, bread and more.
We walked to Howth Castle which is the private residence of the St Lawrence family descendants who having being living there since 1180. The castle isn’t open to the public. Theres details on the website on how to arrange for a visit (or even rent the larger rooms for events) and special cooking classes are held every weekend.
We also went to the National Transport Museum which was located behind the castle. You will find a collection of old skill buses, cars and trucks.
You will also find boat tours to the near by island of Irelands Eye. You can watch the fleet bringing it’s catch to shore and the cheeky harbor seals looking for any offcuts. This peninsula is the ideal place to do a spectacular walk along the steep cliffs of Ireland!
Ireland is small so it’s very easy to go on a day trip from Dublin to virtually any part of the country.
Food was next on the agenda and obviously most restaurants in the area specialize in fresh seafood that is brought in daily by the local fishermen. We had lunch at Deep Restaurant. We ordered a seafood platter (€22) – Fish Cakes, Calamari, Smoked Salmon on brown bread, Fish Goujons, Mixed green leaves & garlic aioli dip.
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