Coastal Walks

We are continuing to develop a coastal walkway from the Dublin City to the County Meath borders along the Fingal coastline. 

The development of the route is continuing and the following sections are already open to the public:

  • Howth through Sutton to Baldoyle: The route is set out on display boards at Balscaddan Car Park, Bottle Quay, The Bailey Car Park,BalkillPark and at the seafront close to Howth Dart Station.       
  • Portmarnock to Malahide:  The route goes along the coast road including the Velvet Strand and passing theMartelloTowers at Robswall and Portmarnock. 
  • Malahide to Swords:  The route goes from the Marina in Malahide along the southern bank of the Broadmeadow Estuary as far as the Motorway Bridge.  It is possible to continue around the estuary and along the north shore all the way to Donabate.
  • Donabate to Portrane: From the railway causeway at Donabate, walkers can walk eastwards along the north shore of the Broadmeadow estuary and then north by Corballis Golf Course to the Martello tower beside the Waterside Hotel at Donabate.  There are display boards showing the routes at the Tower View Car Park, Portrane and at the Beach Car Park, Donabate.
  • Loughshinny:  There is a display board at the beach car park showing the Coastal Walk at Loughshinny.
  • Skerries: There is a route provided along the South Shore Esplanade and walkers can use the public footpath to go North to Ardgillan and Balbriggan.
  • Balbriggan:  There is a display board atBalbrigganBeach underneath the Viaduct showing the walking routes north to Bremore and South to Ardgillan and Skerries.

Fingal has 88km of coastline from Sutton to Balbriggan, how much of it have you walked? Check out our beaches section for more information.



Howth Looped Paths Under Repair


During 2019 sections of the Howth Looped Paths will be temporarily closed for repair works. Pedestrian detours will be in place, please follow them for your safety.


July – August 2019


Location: Bog of Frogs Looped Path at Shielmartin, Howth

Works Description: Repairs to existing path

Detour: From the Carrickbrack Road follow path detour to top of Shielmartin and then return to Looped Path at Howth Golf Club towards Bog of Frogs.

Advice:  This detour involves a steep path up Shielmartin hill that is considered as being a moderate to strenuous grade. Suitable footwear must be worn as the path is rough underfoot. It is not suitable for mountain biking.

Timeline: Works are expected to take place on the Bog of Frogs section at Shielmartin until late August.

Note: Path sections under repair may be open at weekends at the discretion of the works supervisor based on site conditions.


September-December 2019:

Repairs of the Lower Cliff Path from Redrock to Balscadden car park at Howth Head are due to commence in September 2019.

It is expected that works will commence on the Redrock to Ceanchor Road section. Pedestrian detours will be in place which may include footpaths along public roads. Specific detour information will be published in advance of the scheduled works.