The Bog of Frogs Trail

Purple arrow, White background

Howth is full of magical walks, and the Bog of Frogs loop might just be most enchanting. A challenging 12 kilometre walk full of views of the Lighthouse, the Cliffs, our golf courses, Dublin Bay, beaches and a very underrated part of Howth flora; our rich woodlands.

A – B
Start from the DART (train) Station and follow the purple arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, blue and red arrows for other shorter loops. At the end of the prom, turn right onto Balscadden Road and ascend to reach Kilrock car park from where you join the well-trodden cliff path.

B – C
Follow the cliff path for approximately 3km before the green, blue and red loops turn right and ascend to The Summit car park.  Continue straight on here to reach the access road for the Bailey Lighthouse. Cross the road and join the second section of cliff path.

C – D
Continue to follow the cliff path for another 3km to pass safety handrails at Red Rock. Shortly afterwards, the loop swings right and uphill onto a grassy track. After 500m you cross the busy Carrickbrack Road and enter a hillside section.

D – E
This track takes you around the shoulder of Sheilmartin Hill to enter a golf course. Cross the course carefully and use the line of white rocks as your line of travel. On the opposite side enter the Bog of the Frogs area.

E – F
At this point follow a track through the Bog of the Frogs and onto open hilltop on the shoulder of the Ben of Howth where you pick up the red loop before descending through the grounds of the local GAA Club, and finally arriving at the Balkill Park estate.

F – A
When you reach Balkill Park – pick up the green and blue loops as you join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART (train) Station – picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.


Ascent: 240m
Estimated Time: 2hrs 30mins – 3hrs 30mins
Grade: Hard
Terrain: Laneways, clifftop paths and hill tracks
Minimum Gear: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid
Theme: Coastal