The Bridge to Bull Island

Howth Head Cycle Loop

Distance: 35km
Climbing: 190m

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This short ride takes you out to Howth Head from the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin.

You pass through the seaside village of Howth before a short climb offers you amazing views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains. Howth Village is the site of many a popular day out for Dubliners.

The route passes close to Howth Head, which is a short walk away from the road.

You return to the city centre along a dedicated coastal cycling path.


The Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth is a small but fun museum.

Bull Island has a fine beach and a second access point with an unusual and smooth narrow wooden bridge.

Howth Head Cycle Loop Useful Info

The vast majority of this route features cycle lanes. You are off the main road for several kilometres on the return trip. You can expect plenty of traffic on the route.

The main reason to do this is to enjoy the view over Dublin Bay, so pick a clear day.

You can shorten this route by almost half (and cycle the nicest half from there onwards) if you take the DART out to Howth between 10:00 and 15:30 or after 19:00 Monday to Friday, or anytime on Saturday or Sunday. This is at the discretion of staff, so avoid big events, particularly at weekends, when the line is busy.

Useful Links

Irish Rail’s bicycle policies



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