I never considered myself an 'outdoors' kind of girl growing up. Living in Texas, summers were brutally hot and I would spend my time soaking up any sort of air-conditioning I could find. It wasn't until I was an adult, after my move to England, that I really discovered my love for the outdoors.
Ireland is known for is rolling hills and stunning coastline. During our visit to Dublin, Jon and I knew we had to get out to some of this natural beauty. As we had decided not to rent a car (I have a major fear of getting behind the wheel in countries that drive on the opposite side of the road) our choices were limited. I scoured Pinterest for the perfect hike, feeling slightly discouraged as almost all required some sort of drive. Finally, I came across this tiny seaside town less than 20 minutes outside Dublin's city centre. With a quick train ride and we had arrived in the beautiful town of Howth.
Irish words can be tricky sometimes. I was explaining to our taxi driver the night before our hike where we were planning on going.
Me "Howth. H-O-W-T-H."
Taxi Driver "Oh, you mean Hoath!"
Me "Hoath? No, we're going to Howth!"
Taxi Diver "You Americans an your accents" *proceeds to tell stories of other accents that he finds hilarious*
Long story short, Howth is pronounced HOATH and the Irish will laugh at you if you think it is any other way.
The town of Howth is located on a peninsula, meaning any which way you walk will be filled with scenic views. We opted for the Cliffside Walk to the lighthouse. The weather was beautiful and both Jon and I found ourselves peeling of our layers as we trekked on. There are several trails you can follow, but our total hike lasted a short two hours.
Where are some of your favorite places to hike?