Hiking a huge hill in Howth, Ireland

Scary stairs

Every once in a while, my husband gets the crazy idea that we should go hiking. Most of the time, I am 100 percent on board and mentally prepared for it. However, on our day trip to Howth, about 20 minutes by train from Dublin, I had NO idea that we would be hiking up a very large hill on the other side of the peninsula, but we did and it was magnificent.
To start off the trip to Howth, we ate at an amazing little restaurant at the end of the pier. We didn’t know quite where we were going to eat and walked by many places that looked good. Then we found Aqua. We rang the buzzer, asked to have lunch and were taken up the stairs to a stunning view of the Irish Sea. We had no idea the restaurant had panoramic windows offering everyone a beautiful view AND we didn’t know that it was known for its amazing food. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised. In fact, my husband said his seafood chowder was the best he had ever had.

View from the restaurant

After lunch, we started wandering around town. There isn’t a whole lot to see and do in Howth, so I expected it to be a quick trip. Little did I know that we would be walking for more than an hour up a large hill to the Howth Head, or the very peak of the peninsula. I knew things were going to get interesting when Brandon suggested going up the very steep stairs.

View from the top of the stairs

At the top of the stairs, I took a minute to take in the view. Little did I know, we still have more than 30 minutes more of hiking up the peninsula. However, when we made it to the top, the sights were breathtaking. Here are a few pictures:

It was so incredibly beautiful that I forgot how much my feet hurt. We soaked in the sun and hiked along the side of the peninsula for a while until we made it back down to the harbor. I won’t lie. My feet were killing me by the time we were done, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. It is definitely something I will remember for a long time.

Stay tuned for more!

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