Howth - Bog of Frogs loop

County Dublin
22 reviews
Grade Strenuous
Length 12 km
Time 3 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 240 m
Waymarking Purple arrow on white background
Start Point
Howth Railway Station
Finish Point
Howth Railway Station
Nearest Town to Start Howth Village
Lat. and Long. 53.38882, -6.07422

Starting at the DART (train) station in Howth village and following purple arrows this walk takes the path all along the cliffs to beyond Red Rock, passing the Baily Lighthouse, and then climbing to circle the Ben of Howth to return along the old tramline. The views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye as well as Dublin Bay are spectacular. The cliffs are great for birds and grey seals may also be seen.

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Trail Management

Dublin Discover Ireland Center Suffolk Street.
Suffolk Street Dublin 2 Dublin City Centre Dublin Republic of Ireland.
Tel. 1850 230 330


Howth Village

Terrain may be rough in parts, walking boots are recommended.
PLEASE NOTE that repair works to the Howth Looped walks are scheduled to commence in May 2019 and continue for up to 6 months. There will be temporary pedestrian detours in place during repairs of certain sections however the aim is to keep sections open during weekends.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 50
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Leonardo from Brazil

Great trail, nice variations (fields, cliffs, beaches, garden path and even a golf club), nice markings and amazing views.

Highly recommended!

Berndt from Dublin

Ran the Purple loop / Coastal Path yesterday evening. Fantastic walk/ run - would recommend it to anyone ! Its waymarked in only one direction ( clockwise from Howth station, out to lighthouse, tower etc and then up onto the hill and back to the village) - not sure why this is the case as its a great walk in either directions ? Well done to those involved with the looped walks in Howth !

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