Luck of the Irish Ticketing Agent: Howth, Ireland

bob on howth cliff

Looking back through my travel photos, I found several from Howth, Ireland, a city I never meant to travel to but would thoroughly recommend visiting. We had traveled to Dublin and after two days, were in search of something else.

As much as we liked exploring the old city and touring the Guinness factory, we wanted greenery, the ocean and to maybe climb a mountain. As strange as that all sounds, it’s exactly what we explained to the DART ticketing agent. Luckily for us, she was very helpful and told us about Howth, a twenty five minute train ride away.  We bought our tickets and a short ride later we were in a small fishing village with the bluest skies and deep green mountains.

Howth turned out to be a bit of Ireland that I had seen in so many movies and exactly want we wanted. It was a Saturday afternoon in early Fall and even though the sun was shining, the air was crisp as the wind came off the sea. Right when you exit the train, you see all the boats lined up one by one. We walked along the jetty imagining what they seafood delights they brought home every night. We were even told that sometimes seals lay on the rocks, but there weren’t any that day.

After walking around the very small but adorable city, we bought some ice cream (we were craving it) and asked a jewelry store owner about the nearby mountain. She told us how to get to the old church ruins, where to find the cliff walk and that we would know we were there when we found the sign that said “cliff walk”. Best directions ever!

We wandered around the ruins and eventually hiked up to the top. Since no one else was really around, it felt like our private mountain to climb and explore. We could look over to Ireland’s Eye (a small uninhabited island and short boat ride away) and it felt like we weren’t in the 21st century anymore, but more like the 1500’s, exploring uncharted lands.

One of the last places we found before heading back to the train was St. Mary’s Church. This old church had red ivy growing all up the side of it and was so incredibly peaceful, just the way a church ought to be! I know if I lived in Ireland, this would be the place I would want to get married.

We were only in Howth for five or six hours, but that day will forever stay with me as something magical and pure. If you are in Dublin and had the same feelings I did, or just want to experience something truly unique and so unlike Dublin, you should definitely hop on the train. You don’t need much time to fall in love with this town.

 

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns TravelMindset.com and iExplore.com.

6 Comments

  • Reply March 16, 2011

    Rebecca

    Ahh, the town no ones sets out to go to but for some reason everyone ends up in! I wonder if the ticket agents are trained to expect that question and always give that same answer!

    Lucky you, ended up there on a sunny day!!!

  • Reply March 16, 2011

    Camels & Chocolate

    I’ve never even heard of Howth before! Looks lovely, though. We did the same in Dublin: After a couple days exploring, we booked a random day tour that took us to a lot of the countryside that was used as filming locations for movies like Braveheart!

  • Reply March 16, 2011

    santafetraveler

    Hadn’t heard of Howth either, but will put it on my list. Am more of a fan of the west of Ireland, but little by little, I intend to explore every nook and cranny. Thanks for sharing this. If you go back, check out the Dingle Peninsula and The Burren in County Clare,

  • Reply March 18, 2011

    inka

    What a lovely find and for once, an agent who knew what she was doing.

  • Reply March 18, 2011

    Laurel

    I had never heard of Howth until reading this post, but I’m putting it on my list for when I go to Ireland, that’s exactly how I picture Ireland as well and I love the ruin.

  • Reply March 20, 2011

    robin

    I’ve done that walk many times and know Howth very well – so much nicer than the altogether more salubrious coastal suburbs south of the city. I love it especially when its a bit cold and miserable and you have to resort to a bowl of soup and a pint.

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