On Saturday morning I woke up well before dawn and was downstairs in the living room playing on my phone when I decided to download the carzone.ie app to check out used cars in the area. We’d test drove a brand new Land Rover Discovery a number of days back and the dealership had gone silent on us so I had pretty much given up hope that was the direction we were heading. While scrolling through the list of available used luxury cars in the area I came across a dealership in Howth that had a BMW X5 that looked incredibly lovely, as well as an Audi A7 and a 2013 Land Rover Discovery. Since Alan wasn’t awake yet I emailed him the options and then fell back asleep. When he woke up we talked through the various options and deciding that it’d be a good day for a trek to Howth, took the DART train out there. Having never traveled north of the city in any appreciable way, we were delighted to see the seaside a handful of minutes before we reached our final destination.
Howth (rhymes with both), is a fishing and yachting port, and popular suburban resort on the north side of Howth Head, 15km (9½ miles north-east of the city centre. Its attractions are easily appreciated, particularly at the coast. Howth Head gives fine views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains or Boyne Valley beyond. In the bay is the rocky bird sanctuary and monastic island of Ireland’s, to which boat trips may be taken in summer. Cliff paths lead around the coastline, through Howth village and its ruined abbey, and past Baily Lighthouse. The 15th-century Howth Castle is inland, partly ruinous, but with fine rhododendron gardens. A small, but impressive, A traditional pub in Howth transport museum can be visited near the DART railway station, featuring Howth’s famous open-topped tram. Howth’s pubs, hotels and fish restaurants make it a pleasant outing from Dublin.
The weather lately has been pretty unpredictable, and as we walked out of the station it had started to sprinkle, but almost as quickly as it happened, it also stopped. We looked around a bit, pulled up Google Maps, and started walking toward the dealership. We laughed to see that it was basically 100 yards outside the train station. I’m not sure there’s an easier car dealership to get to in all of Dublin. We got to the lot and started wandering around, seeking out the vehicles I’d earmarked that morning. Right away we were greeted and we found out the X5 we were interested in was being prepared for a test drive by another customer. We said we were also interested in the Audi and the LR and he brought out the keys to the Discovery for us to sit in. As I mentioned, we’d already test drove the new model and loved it, so this was more of a fact finding mission to see if a used one would suit us. It was in excellent condition so we took it out on a test drive and found that we liked this particular one almost as much as the brand new one. We chatted for a bit with the dealer and then left to wander around the pier area. (I won’t go into too many details here about the car buying process because that’s worth its own post a bit later.)
Now, I’d read about Howth, and others had told me if I needed fresh seafood that was the place to go, but I didn’t really know what to expect of the village itself. Firstly, it’s beautiful, and scenic, and just so damn adorable. Secondly, I find that I’m always quite happy while by the ocean so despite the fact that we had no plans beyond “explore on foot,” we had a really nice day. After walking along the pier and checking out the restaurants and fishmongers, we tried to get lunch at one place that was super crowded so we headed back to the first place we’d popped in to. If we ever do go back to Howth for some fishmongering of our own, I definitely want to give the wares at Wrights of Howth a try because their seafood looked divine. I wish I had though to take out my camera while we were there but I was too busy ogling the various fish and crustaceans.
We talked about taking the bus back to Dublin so that we could see everything between Howth and there but we were unable to put together a route that worked with our timing. Since we were feeling a bit tired from all of the walking we’ve been doing, we decided instead to catch the DART back to Pearse Station, and then we took the bus back to our neighborhood to go grocery shopping for dinner before settling in for the night. Cooking in our new home has also been a bit of an adventure. Again, a post for another time. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the walk through Howth.