June 8th kicks off the phase two of Ireland reopening, and with that, we were able to travel anywhere within the county. This has opened up several hiking opportunities.
We couldn’t wait to get back to Howth, so that’s what we did on our first weekend after June 8th.
We made the mistake of taking the popular cliff walk and there were people everywhere
making it difficult to follow the 2 meter guideline.
We did our best to keep the distance and decided to turn around after seeing the lighthouse.
The following weekend I went back to the area, taking a different trail behind the bus stop. The trail passes through a residential area on the way up which I wasn’t sure of until this sign appeared
and the view of the Irish Sea confirmed my location.
Then the wind picked up gearing up to 35 km/hour.
I should have traversed the golf course,
But I didn’t. The trail marker disappeared and I was on a road unsure of how to get back to the trail.
Fortunately a local helped. You must go down these steps, cross the road then go down another set of steps, then turn left…
Trails in Ireland often merges into local roads whereby the sign vanishs into thin air, making it easy to get lost.
As it turned out, I wasn’t too far off the trail.
Although the strong coastal wind became worrisome.
Especially at tight corners of the cliff where there’s nothing between me and the roaring sea.
If you ‘ve never experienced the wind in Ireland, you are likely not to miss it. It happens in all seasons and you will for sure be “blown away” by the sheer power of it.
The wind cleared the sky. A fantastic view of the Ireland’s Eye lay in front of me.
All good hikes must be followed by good food.
How about these succulent Carlingford Oysters from County Louth, freshly shucked at Beshoffs the Market. I would go back to Howth just for them.
Bray to Greystone is another secnic cliff walk close to Dublin.
We prefer to start the walk from Bray as this view of the sea is instantly gratifying.
As it turned out, the trail was closed due to social distancing concerns. Instead of heading back to Dublin, we opted for the de Buitléar Way, named after the Irish conservationist and wildlife film maker.
We had no idea where the trail is leading, but this cross seemed a landmark.
After a modest climb, we were at the top of a mount.
How is this for a lunch spot?
The de Buitléar Way connects to the Bray Head Loop Trail
It’s farmland beyond this point. The smell confirmed it 🙂
Once the trail turned seaside the views became spectacular
Looking down, we can spot the DART railroads and the Bray-Greystone trail.
Continuing on, the trail turned facing the mountain.
And just like that, we were out of this gate and back on the main road.
Thanks to Dublin bus #84 driver who completely ignored us at the stop and drove on, we saw this cutie with his head popping out of the wall, eager to greet people.
But who needs a bus when we can get back on the trail and complete the loop.
In the end, we prefer this route much more than the popular Bray-Greystone walk – it is less crowded and affords more diverse landscape.
Phase 3 of the Ireland reopening started on June 29th and we would be able to travel anywhere on the island. Anywhere that is 🙂