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It’s Friday! That means it’s time for another travel post! Last week, I shared a more somber post about our last adventure, in France: Visiting the D-Day Beaches in Normandy. Today, I am moving onto Ireland! After flying from Paris to Dublin, we hit the ground running. Our first day trip, was a castle tour. Before I get to the castle, I wanted to share some about the town we stopped at for lunch: Howth Harbour.
About Howth Harbour
Howth is a small seaside village, that is actually a suburb of Dublin. It is located on the Howth Head peninsula and is about an 18 km drive from the center of Dublin. As you would expect, Howth is a major commercial fishing port, but it has also become a tourist destination. Being so close to Dublin, certainly doesn’t hurt.
One of the most historic spots, in the area, is Howth Castle. It is one of the oldest buildings in Ireland, to still have the same family living in it. The tagline from the website is: “One Family’s Home for 800 Years”. That is pretty impressive! Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see this particular castle. Instead, we spent all of our short time there, exploring the harbour.
The Harbour is very picturesque, with it’s row of shops and restaurants, and the variety of boats, parked along the dock. We had a leisurely walk, along the seaside and spotted a seal or two, popping their heads out of the water. (We secretly hoped that they would wave at us, like this one). Taking in the chilly, sea salt, breeze and enjoying the sights, made for a nice relaxing afternoon.
Lunch at The Brass Monkey
There were several restaurant options, along the harbour. We decided on The Brass Monkey, for lunch. It was one, that had been recommended by our tour guide and it was definitely a good choice! They boasted, “Award Winning” seafood chowder, so how could I not try it?
They had a great lunch combo, that included a small bowl (it seemed pretty big to me though!) of seafood chowder with a lunch portion of their fish and chips. It was delicious! Justin had the house curry with vegetables and rice and he seemed to enjoy his, also.
If we had spent more time in Howth, we would have walked along their Cliff Path Loop, which is said to have beautiful views. Another thing, I would like to do, if we ever return, is a boat trip out to to “Ireland’s Eye”. It’s a small island, just off the coast. Even without those additions, it was nice to spend a small part of our afternoon, in this quiet, little, seaside village.
Until next time!