Photos of Howth

Perhaps wearily still feeling the effects of culture shock in Dublin I really needed to escape the city for a bit. Based on the recommendation from a local Dublin traveller, I decided to head to Howth, which is just a 20 minute train ride from town. Although just outside of the city, Howth felt a world a way to me. I had been in Ireland for about 4 days at this point, but I was somehow still struggling to decide where exactly I was. The Ireland I had heard of had rolling green hills, it had fences made of stone, and it had cliffs leading down to frigid waters.

I escaped Dublin’s grasp on me to try to find that in Howth, and thankfully I did. After I did, I had wished I spent a little more of my holiday in Ireland outside of Dublin.

Howth is a photographers dream spot. Flowing green hills embrace a busy ocean, wildflowers dance in a howling wind, and a quaint little seaside village houses a friendly people. Photos of Howth, a region small enough to walk around in its entirety in just a day, seem to depict more than just one place. They seem to describe a cross-section of Ireland as a whole.

I spent nearly the entire day out shooting images on this little point of green land North of Dublin, and have never been more pleased to get out of a city in my life.

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That’s all from Howth! See you next time, Ireland!



Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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  1. wow…photos number nine and eleven:) Love the effects of the clouds, eleven almost looks like an impressionist painting.

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    • Fiona, I was actually done shooting for the night and walking towards the train before taking photo 11. I had to unpack all my gear again. It was totally worth it, that photo is one of my favourites.

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  2. I like these views much better than the city. And that last photo was certainly worth unpacking for.

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    • Thanks Gaelyn, I like photographing everything. The big thing is that I need a mix. Since being in Europe I’ve been photographing the urban scene far too much, the escape to Howth was well worth it.

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    • Christy, Howth really is a must. There are a couple other suburbs that I didn’t visit I’ve told are very nice as well.

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  3. I love Ireland. I have great memories from there. One of the best trips I ever took. Great pictures.

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    • Thanks Ania, It really is a beautiful country!

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  4. Just as I remembered it – beautiful images of a beautiful tow

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    • Thanks Kellie!

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  5. fab pictures , i live here and still love looking at shots from around the hill……pure beauty .

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    • Thanks Lisac – My favourite photos others take are of my hometown as well. There’s something very cool about seeing your home through the eyes of someone else. Enjoy Howth!

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  6. Howth is my home village, and I wonder it its beauty every single week – congratulations and thank you, Brendan…you have done us proud.

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    • Thanks Baz – You live in a beautiful place!

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