June 16, 2014

Ireland - Day 3 | Howth

Day 3 in Ireland consisted of a day to tour to Howth. Howth is a coastal village on the east coast of Ireland. I booked the Howth Day Tour via SANDEMANs New Dublin Tour in order to have a guide to walk us through Howth and give us a bit of history as well as make sure we don't get lost! The tour began with meeting at Dublin City Hall at 9:30am to meet our guide. Eoin was our guide - he is student at Trinity College and extremely knowledgeable - and if you are wondering how to pronounce his name it's "Owen" but as he said Eoin is the correct spelling because the Irish way is the right way!  Checkout reviews and more pictures about the tour company on TripAdvisor.  Once the group gathered we walked to the DART and rode the train to Howth. Upon arriving in Howth we began the walking tour. The highlights included Howth Castle, Rhododenrous, Clifftop Walk, Viking Raids, Medieval Ruins, Ireland's Eye, Howth Harbor, Howth Abbey, and Bailey Lighthouse. We had a break for lunch at Summit Inn about midday - lunch was not included. After lunch we had the option of taking the upper cliff path (shorter) or lower cliff path (longer). My family voted on the upper cliff path and thankfully Eoin tagged along with our group while other members of the tour decided to break off and go on the lower cliff path. Once back at the harbor we got back on the train and went back to Dublin around 4pm.

For dinner we went to The Church in Dublin to celebrate my cousin's birthday. This venue used to be a church - St. Mary's - and in 2005 after much renovation it reopened as a cafe, restaurant, bar, nightclub. The venue was definitely interesting and the food is beyond delicious! On a Friday night it was very busy but thankfully my cousin managed to lock a reservation for us. My sister mentioned to the hostess that it was our cousin's birthday and they went above and beyond and brought out a delicious dessert with a sparkler candle and totally surprised her!! Our waiter - Valentine - was such a character and made the dinner very memorable! We had a fabulous and fun time at Church!

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