Howth Head is a peninsula northeast of Dublin that makes a wonderful destination for runners. It’s the location where Leopold Bloom proposes to Molly in James Joyce’s Ulysses. With cliffs, summits, and interesting sites, there are great trails and roads for hiking, walking, and running. The area is hilly. A lovely waterside run from Dublin is 7 miles to the Sutton DART station and 8.7 miles to Howth station. There are numerous running options for Howth Head:
Dublin to Howth: From the Dublin Docklands, it’s 8.7 miles, almost all along the water. There is a nice pedestrian path between Clontarf and St. Anne’s Park. Nice detours along the way: 1 mile into Bull Island over a wooden bridge, and 3 miles of lovely trials around St. Anne’s Park. Shorten the run to 7 miles one-way by starting at Clontarf.
Around Howth Head. 7 miles around the perimeter of Howth Head, combination roads and trails. Can start from Sutton DART station. Detours include 0.4 miles one-way to Baily Lighthouse, 0.5 miles one-way to Howth Lighthouse, 0.4 miles one-way to W Pier from Howth station. Also, lots of additional trail options, Howth village, and other landmarks in area.
Another option from Howth DART is ~5.5 miles past the harbour and up through Howth Village up to Balscadden Road where you get on the cliff walk trail, ending at Red Rock in Sutton. From there. there’s a bus running every 30 minutes to the Howth DART station.