Cold and blustery without a drop of rain, today was the perfect weather for a long walk across the clifftops. I went to Howth in north Dublin for a short ramble and ended up walking almost nine miles in total, but along the way got to see some fantastic sights. When I arrived in the early afternoon; Howth was overcast, grey and extremely windswept – I was thankful I had bundled up in layers of fleece. Off I set along the road leading from the harbour towards the cliffs. This is what Howth Head looks like:
It’s a bit of an uphill hike along the road until you reach the start of the trail proper. From there, it was rocky and very muddy. I haven’t been as muddy in a long time. Fun! It was quite dark and gloomy, but the robins were out singing their little hearts out to cheer me along.
As I was nearing the Baily Lighthouse, looking over towards Dalkey Island and the Sugarloaf Mountain, the sun broke through with great shafts of light spilling through the cloud cover.
I made it to the summit in good time, and stopped off at the little shop at the top for a coffee. They had a special offer running – if you bought a coffee, you could get a toasted panini for a mere 99c – bargain! I set off along the next part of the trail with my latte and cheese, tomato & onion panini in hand, just the thing to ward off the piercing cold. As I rounded a corner, a rainbow appeared along the edge of a cloud, dropping down just over to my right to end amongst some trees, such a lovely sight to behold. A boat hurried by on the water to my left, throwing up spray that caught the diffused light from the breaking cloud cover. So much to look at, I had to remember to pay attention to the trail, as it was getting tricky now, weaving up and down, perilously close to the edge.
I pushed onwards, past fabulously-named spots such as Hippy Hole and Doldrum Bay until the Martello Tower came into sight – one of a series of towers built to fend off an invasion by Napoleon.
The sky was now taking on the most incredible hues as sunset drew close. Looking back towards Dalkey, the Sugarloaf and the Pigeon House (aka Poolbeg Power Station), here are some of the beautiful scenes I saw along my way to Sutton Dart Station.
The sky is amazing! The weather’s been so good this year, unlike last year!
It was the perfect day for a long hike. I wasn’t here last year, but from what I hear, it was pretty dreadful. I wouldn’t like to try that hike in the snow!
It really was the most amazing hike, and the weather (and skies) were stunning. So glad you stopped by and commented. Love your ‘guilty brothers’ shot. 🙂
Wow! This country is so different from mine, especially in the colours of the sky. Thanks for teaching me about Howth Head.
I might be a little biased, Trish, but I do believe the skies over Ireland are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. 🙂