Howth is a fishing village in North Dublin with a large sailing marina and plenty of places to eat, have coffee, or drop in for a quick pint. It is very accessible from the city centre as it is served by the DART, Dublin’s commuter rail system.

The harbour offers a great opportunity for bird photography, particularly the East Pier which gives fine views of Ireland’s Eye and the Irish Sea.

Howth Pier, Howth, Dublin

The Sat Nav Co-ordinates are 53.388617, -6.063738 


Great Black Backed Gull, Howth. Canon EOS7 D MK ll, 100-400 Lens, 1/1000th Sec, F8, ISO 200

The area is teaming with gulls and you will regularly see Herring Gulls, Common Gulls, Lesser and Greater Black Backed Gulls, Black Haded Gulls and occasionally Little Gulls and Ring Billed Gulls.

If you want to catch Gulls in flight, go to the lighthouse at the end of the East Pier, where the above shot was taken.

Guillemot, Howth: Canon EOS 7D Mark ll with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. 1 / 1000th of a second, F8, ISO 400

Guillemots regularly fish just off the pier as do Black Guillemots, Cormorants, Shags and Razorbils.


Young Herring Gull, Howth, Dublin. Canon EOS 600D. 70-300mm L Lens, 1/1000th Sec, F5.8, ISO 250

European Starling, Howth, Dublin, Ireland. Canon EOS 600D, Canon 70-300 Lens, 1.1000th, F5.8, ISO 1600

Grey Heron, East Pier, Howth: Canon EOS 7D Mk ll, 100 - 400mm Lens, 1/1000th Sec, F8, ISO 200

Rock Pippit, East Pier, Howth: Canon EOS 7D Mk ll, 100 - 400mm Lens, 1/1000th Sec, F8, ISO 1000