Cliff Path Loop

A-B. Start from the DART Station and follow the green arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You will also following the blue, red and purple arrows which are for other longer 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 (leaving the longer purple loop) and ascending towards The Summit car park.

C-D. From the car park your loop swings right and begins the return journey along a sandy pathway parallel to and above the cliff path. At the end of the sandy pathway, the loop joins Thormanby Road where you turn left – almost immediately turn right onto Dungriffin Road.

D-A. After 200m along Dungriffin Road you will turn right and rejoin the blue and red loops on the tramline walkway to descend into the village directly opposite the railway station.


Ascent: 130m
Distance: 6km
Estimated Time: 1hr 30mins – 2hrs 30mins
Grade: Easy
Trailhead: Howth Village, Co. Dublin
Terrain: Laneways and cliftop paths
Minimum Gear: Walking shoes, raingear and fluid
Services: Howth Village
Theme: Coastal
Start and Finish: Howth Railway Station
Howth Lower Cliff Loop
Howth Lower Cliff Loop