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Howth Head Cycle Loop Directions


Section 1

0 to 10km

If you start at the GPO, cycle south towards O’Connell Bridge and turn left on Abbey Street, which has the LUAS lines.

At the end of the street you pass the Custom House. You need to cross over to the right lane as you pass under a railway bridge. Follow the road as it bends left on the other side of the bus station. You cross the LUAS tracks again. Keep straight ahead and you then pass Connolly Station on your right and pass beneath another railway bridge.

Keep straight ahead and it is 600m to a bridge over the canal. Then it is another 600m to the bridge over the Tolka River.

You pass under a pedestrian bridge and keep straight past a wide left turn. Take the next left by a church (and shortly before a bridge crosses over the road), signed Killester. After 1.6km on this road you reach a row of shops on the right-hand side in Killester.

Continue the same way [5km marker] you were going and after 4.2km you reach a t-junction at the coast road. Turn left. There is a two-way cycle path on the other side of the road for the next 2.2km, which is a good option if there is significant traffic.


Section 2

10 – 20km

Just after the road leaves the coast you reach Howth crossroads. Go straight through.

It is 2.5km to Howth village. Go straight through it and when the main road turns right and up a hill, go straight through a car park.

On the other side of the car park this road turns right up a steep and narrow road [15km marker]. Then the road bends left. Take the first right turn which goes uphill.

Go right at the crossroads you reach and then left at the t-junction with the main road. There is still some way to go before you reach the top of the hill. Stay on the main road all the way. From the top it is 5.3km back to Howth crossroads.


Section 3

20 – 30km

At Howth Crossroads you turn left to go towards Dublin City Centre.

Soon you are riding next to the sea again, and soon after that you see a good bike lane on your left [25km marker]. The first left turn is the onto Bull Island, which has a fine beach.

Continue along the shore on the bike path. The next left is a wooden bridge over to Bull Island and worth the trip if you want to take a look. Otherwise keep straight ahead.


Section 4

30 – 35km

You go under a railway bridge. You pass Fairview Park on your left and cross the Tolka River on a bridge.

Keep straight on this road. You pass Croke Park Stadium on your right as you go over the canal.

Keep going and you pass under a railway bridge. Immediately after is the grey brick building of Connolly Station on your left. Turn right here down Talbot Street.

After 500m the one-way system turns left. Dismount here and walk straight ahead to O’Connell Street.