Sutton Martello Tower to Howth Summit Cliff Walk
A fine coastal path passes the Martello Tower to reach a rocky foreshore, then continue along a cliff-top path to a sheltered beach flanked by rocky crags at Sheep Hole, where seals and cormorants can be spotted. The path then passes above sheer cliffs at Drumleck Point and the beautiful Doldrum Bay, with fine views of the Baily Lighthouse. Later, cross the lighthouse access road and continue along the cliff-top path until reaching a signpost below the summit. A short ascent brings you back to your car, but stop to look back down to the lighthouse and enjoy a Dublin Bay sunset (timing is everything) backed by the Wicklow hills.
Coastal path at the bend where Strand Road meets Shielmartin Road at Sutton South The Summit car park
If driving, drop your car to the end of the walk at the summit car park. From Sutton crossroads, drive along Greenfield Road/ Carrickbrack Road for about 5.5km. At the top of a rise, turn right then take Bailey Green Road at the Summit Inn to reach the summit car park. Walk back down Bailey Green Road and get the 31A bus (dublinbus.ie) to the start-point at Shielmartin Road. Moderate
4.5km/ 2hr Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) Discovery Series Map Sheet 50. A map can also be found on a board at the start of the walk
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Sit down al fresco at The Summit Inn to enjoy good pub grub — anything from Howth chowder to wild Irish mussels — alongside views of Ireland’s Eye and Lambay islands. Inside the former thatched cottage, you’ll find a real fire. (dublinbus.ie) from the city centre.
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2.5km/ 1hr but allow time for the kids to explore
A copy of Adrian Hendroff ’s guidebook Family Walks around Dublin which has a detailed route description and map
Make a beeline for Olive’s Room at the Red Stables for delicious dishes and home-baked treats. A farmers’ market, complete with amusement rides, also takes place every Saturday (10am-4pm)