Three hidden gems to visit in Howth

Photo by Michaela Quinn

Foreign travel is discouraged for the moment and although we can travel nationwide, some may be reluctant to travel too far as holiday accommodation is not yet open. Sometimes a break can be more tiring than relaxing when you have to drive home afterward.

There’s still plenty to explore in Dublin and surrounding areas, even when you think you’ve seen it all. In this video, I share three hidden gems in the seaside village of Howth.

Howth is known for its stunning sights and walks. Just a stone’s throw from Dublin city centre, it has panoramic views of the bay and as an operating fishing port, it boasts some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. 

The area is steeped in history, especially Howth Castle (open to visitors all year round), which is rumoured to have been cursed by the feared pirate queen Grace O’Malley. Legend has it that she rocked up to the castle in the 16th century looking to speak to the king. She found the gates locked and no one came to greet her. 

Enraged, she kidnapped the king’s son who was playing on the beach. She brought him back to her native Mayo and only returned him home on the condition that the castle gates be left open and that a place always be set at the dinner table for an “unexpected guest”. To this day, the gates are left open and although the castle has changed hands, the residents are rumoured to still prepare for an uninvited visitor.

Check out the following video to discover three hidden gems you may not have seen yet:

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