Birding Locations Ireland

Howth Head

Howth Head stands above Howth Harbour and it is a favourite walking spot for Dubliners and visitors alike. At the top of Howth Head is a walking trail known locally as the Cliff Walk.

It should come as no surprise therefore, that the walk is a rugged trail along the cliffs. Good walking / climbing shoes are strongly recommended. Many walkers set off in pristine (and expensive) sports shoes only to discover that despite setting off on a sunny day, the trail can be wet and mucky from rain the previous day.┬áDon’t let that deter you,

The views are spectacular and you will see excellent views of Howth Harbour, Ireland’s Eye, Lambay Island, The Bailey Lighthouse and Dublin Bay. For the bird watching enthusiast, a range of different birds will ride the thermals along the trail including, Great Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Kittiwakes and Hooded Crows. There are often Razor Bills and Guillemots in the water, but you are at quite a height, so a long lens is required.

The terrain is mostly gorse, grass and thorny bushes so there are plenty of Stone Chats, Dunnock, Sky Larks, Meadow Pippits, Whitethroats, Wren and Sedge Warblers and Linnets. It is not unusual to see Kestrels or Merlins. Migrants drop by in Spring and Autumn including Wheatears.


Great Black Backed Gull (Juvenile) at Howt Head: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4X Ext, 1/1000 SEC, F11, ISO 640

Kestrel at Howth Head: Canon 7 D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4X Ext, 1/1000 SEC, F13, ISO 2500

Robin at Howth Head: Canon 600D, 75 - 300 Lens, 1/800 Sec, F6.3, ISO 400