Today we travelled to the beautiful island of Howth; with most of these day trips we're never real sure what they're going to be but we just follow blindly along and they end up being enjoyable. This trip was no exception. I'd heard the name Howth but I had no idea what it really was or what the island would be like. After a 15-minute walk, 10-minute bus ride and 20-minute train ride, we finally arrived in Howth. Right away I could tell that it was a small Irish boating town with gorgeous cliffs and hills.
Our first stop was at a famous food market that takes place every Sunday on the island. Irish natives and tourists alike travel to the island to sample the fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries, fudge, crepes, kabobs, and pasta. The market is fairly small but there is a large variety of food for people to chose from. Most of us came home with bags filled with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables that will be a nice change from the quicker (and probably less healthy) meals we've been eating while getting a sense of our surroundings in Dublin.
After about an hour at the market, we began walking along the cliffs of the island; the views were breathtaking. It was a combination of ocean, blue skies (for most of the day!), rolling hills, cliffs, and lighthouses in the distance. While the walk itself around the island took about 3 hours, the scenery never got old because it was different around every turn of the island. A few of us got lost from getting too distracted in the scenery (oops), but we all ended up back in Dublin in the end (even if 2 people had to take the next train because they missed the first one with the rest of the group...).
Because we've been in the city for the past week (one week officially today!) it was very refreshing to be able to visit some of the quieter and more beautiful countrysides of Dublin. This trip made me excited for some of our other upcoming trips outside of the city as well.