Tramline Loop Walk

Tramline Loop

Howth Head is a peninsula 15km northeast of Dublin City. Howth is a vibrant village that offers visitors a myriad of attractions including walks, hikes and boat trips. From Howth you can see Lambay Island, Ireland’s Eye, Howth Castle, The National Transport Museum, The Martello Tower and The Baily Lighthouse. Wildlife enthusiasts will adore this area, particularly Ireland’s Eye and its bird sanctuary. If you’re lucky, you may even see a family of grey seals diving for fish! This loop is one of four which starts at the DART (train) Station in the heart of the village. The walk goes along the harbour before climbing away from the village around the Nose of Howth and onto the clifftops. The Baily Lighthouse – the last of Ireland’s lighthouses to become automated – comes into view before you ascend to the highest point at ‘The Summit’ car park. From here you return to Howth Village via the route of the old tramline which has been developed into a walking trail.

Starting from the DART Station follow the blue arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, red and purple arrows Take in magnificent views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye. The Baily Lighthouse – the last of Ireland’s lighthouses to become automated – comes into view before you ascend to the highest point at ‘The Summit’ car park. From here you return to Howth Village via the route of the old tramline which has been developed as a walking trail.

A-B. Starting from the DART Station follow the blue arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, red and purple arrows which are for other loops. At the end of the prom, veer right onto Balscadden Road and ascend to reach Kilrock car park from where you join the well trodden cliff path.

B-C. Follow the cliff path for approximately 3km before turning right and ascending to reach The Summit car park.

C-D. Exit the car park  and join Bailey Green Road. Follow this road downhill until you reach a junction of roads at The Summit Stores and pub.

D-E. Directly across from the bottom of Bailey Green Road, the entrance to the old tramline is marked by stone bollards. Cross Thormanby Road and join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station – picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.

 

Descriptions:

Ascent: 130m
Distance: 7km
Estimated Time: 1hr 30mins – 2hrs
Grade: Easy
Trailhead: Howth Village
Minimum Gear: Walking shoes, raingear and fluid
Services: Howth Village
Terrain: Laneways and clifftop paths
Theme: Coastal

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