Our tour began right next to the train station with warm exchanges of pleasantries. I was delighted to find that our guide had brought along his exuberant vizsla pup, Loki, to accompany us. After becoming acquainted with the guide and fellow explorers we set off from the charming little fishing village near Claremont Beach along a portion of the Bog of Frogs. As we wound our way through lush thickets, over babbling streams, up rocky hillsides, and along picturesque oceanside cliffs we were treated to an intriguing intimate view of the peninsula landscapes and captivating stories of the local history & lore. It was challenging enough to thrill even the most seasoned hiker but manageable for those with a moderate skill level. We made several short stops to pose for snapshots as well as to appreciate the sights of Howth Castle, Rhododendron Gardens, Aideen's Grave portal tomb dolmen, Muck Rock, Red Rock Beach, Doldrum Bay, and Bailey Lighthouse. We then made our way past The Summit Inn and across the old tram tracks back to the harbour for a celebratory pint of Guinness and plates of the best fish & chips in Howth. I couldn't have been more pleased with the experience. If you find yourself in Ireland, catch the train to Howth for a day you will never forget.