Howth Pier, Howth
photos from our day visit and overnight at Ann's B&B sept 2007
nice and close to airport for a 20 min trip in early morning.
Our last night in country Ireland was at Howth, a working fishing village just north of Dublin but close to the airport. We stayed at Ann’s Bed and Breakfast, which is upstairs from Ann’s ice cream shop on the Howth Pier. We walked around the harbor, smelled the fish, watched a seal playing under the old lighthouse, and went to bed early with the skylight window open. When we left at 7:00 AM, Ann wasn’t available, so we ran our own credit card transaction on the card machine she had out in the hallway. Nice touch.
After a ten minutes' walk from the DART station (at the entrance go to the left) you arrive at the Howth Pier. A walk along this very windy stretch of pier to the light tower is really nice! You can also take the (less wind torn) walk below the pier, but I liked the wind better.
It's ideal to reminisce with a friend about good times encountered, or when you're alone to think about things to come.
The views on Dublin Bay are a welcome extra; also check out the planes just whistling by. It's an ideal spot for plane spotting, as my friend said :-)
You can also take a small boat trip to Ireland's Eye (Eye is for Island here), a small island in front of the Harbour, with splendid rock formations. You can take a peek at it on the enclosed picture.
Seal watching in the harbour is a must. I had never seen these animals in the wild before but to see them swimming between the fishing boats in the harbour is amazing, watching their heads bob up and down out of the water looking for bits of fish discarded by the fishermen.
Howth has an active harbour with lots of fishing boats as well as the Howth Yacht Club which has slightly fancier boats! Its one of the largets yacht clubs in the city. Just sitting watching the boats come in and out the harbour [with an ice cream in hand of course!!] is a nice way to spend an hour or so!
The West pier looks long but it is a very manageable walk. It is the one you will see first if you're coming in from the DART station.
On fine Sundays & bank holidays, Dubliners and tourists come out to walk the pier in their droves.
Now that I've moved nearby, I hope to provide more photos of this because I think the scenery around here is amazine.
Your first stop after arriving in Howth by train or by bus will be Howth Pier probably. It's very nice here, you can watch the small fishing boats, the birds and the planes flying into Dublin airport ;-)
My favourite thing to do is to get a sandwich from one of the shops opposite the harbour and eat it at the end of the pier.
When I came here last, however, it was a bit windy - sunny though - and the waves were crashing over the pier. Not a perfect day for a picnic ;)
As everyone here has said, if you can withstand the crazy winds along the pier you'll find the lighthouse You may be a bit tired from fighting the winds - but the views are worth it.
If you can manage to walk to the end of the harbour wall without the gale force winds blowing you into the sea, then you will find the lighthouse!