The Tramline Loop

Blue arrow, White background

Although you’ll get a great view of the lighthouse and the cliffs, this particular walk brings you down through the housing estates in and around the village onto a more private path before eventually leading you down onto the harbour.

A – B
Starting from the DART Station follow the blue arrow onto the promenade along the harbour. You are also following green, red and purple arrows which are for other loops. At the end of the prom, veer 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 turning right and ascending to reach The Summit car park.

C – D
Exit the car park and join Bailey Green Road. Follow this road downhill until you reach a junction of roads at The Summit Stores and pub.

D – E
Directly across from the bottom of Bailey Green Road, the entrance to the old tramline is marked by stone bollards. Cross Thormanby Road and join the tramline pathway. Follow the pathway downhill to exit directly opposite the DART Station – picking up the green, red and purple loops along the way.


Ascent: 130m
Distance: 7km
Estimated Time: 1hr 30mins – 2hrs
Grade: Easy
Trailhead: Howth Village
Minimum Gear: Walking shoes, raingear and fluid
Services: Howth Village
Terrain: Laneways and clifftop paths
Theme: Coastal