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Full Moon hike

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 15 reviews.County Dublin, Ireland

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Experience hosted by Shane

3 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Rendezvous Howth Village. Get to know each other. Assess the the personal ambitions and natural environment on the night. Power up with some refreshments together as we sketch our route. Draw on the weather, visibility and potential for astronomical events. Head off under the streetlights we will soon leave the road behind for moonlit trails ( if there is a moon !). Experience the transition to a Night Sky. Your senses at night becomes very palpable. Avoiding torches we will activate the rods in our eyes, a very powerful alternative sight. Your hearing becomes very intense too. Moving across meadows, heaths and forest getting totally immersed in the night-time ecosystem and many habitats of Howth off road. Become fully aware of nature in the dark. This is a transcendent experience for body and soul. After a two hour hike off road, enjoying spectacular and secret views of Dublin at night, we will wrap up with a nightcap by the fire in a quiet remote local pub, before catching a bus home. The perfect weeknight adventure.
Rendezvous Howth Village. Get to know each other. Assess the the personal ambitions and natural environment on the night. Power up with some refreshments together as we sketch our route. Draw on the weather, visibility and potential for astronomical events. Head off under the streetlights we will soon leave the road behind for moonlit trails ( if there is a moon !). Experience the transition to a Night Sky. Your senses at night becomes ver…

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What's included

  • Food
    We will share refreshments when we rendezvous, hot or cold drinks and a swe...
  • Drinks
    When we have finished our hike we will have a nightcap in a quiet local pub...
  • Equipment
    I will bring along ponchos and torches should they be necessary.
From $73
/ person
Thu, Oct 1
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$73 per person
$73 per person
Availability for this experience is rare.

Meet your host, Shane

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 15 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Of an ancient Irish clan, I am a third generation Howth man, and humble international adventurer. Sharing the alchemy of Howth's hospitality, nature and history is my vocation. Stoking the natural high that has drawn people here for 10,000 years inspires me since my childhood. As a founder member of Howth Coastguard, you are in safe hands. I am a licensed mariner, competent skier and ex member of the UN Rapid Reaction Corp. I live to learn from the connections in nature, diversity, life and history.
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Where you'll be

Howth in the wild at night is a secret playground. No one knows it better. We will roam the open spaces and probe the woodland in starlight. Muck Rock and Shielmartin Hill have exquisite pioneering and unknown views of Dublin City by night. Aideen's Grave is a 5000 year old druids grave. Howth Castle is spooky in the dark. Every living thing in the woods, forest and heathland become more personal than you could ever imagine in daylight.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 15 reviews.

Geraldine
April 2019
Great way to spend a few hours doing something different and seeing a really beautiful part of Dublin with someone who knows it well.
Decio
March 2019
HIking with Shane was a great experience I shared with my son. Shane knows a great of a deal about the area, like the back of his hand. I did not know what to expect when we met before the hiking, but it was amazing, it was not just a hiking at night, it was a connection with nature, my son, the stars, the ocean, the cliffs. Shane shares his stories and knowledge and makes this experience unique!! Absolutely loved it. Very nice way to bond with your kids (grown up kids).
HIking with Shane was a great experience I shared with my son. Shane knows a great of a deal about the area, like the back of his hand. I did not know what to expect when we met b…
Angela
February 2019
Hiking all along the cliffs, listening all kind of stories about this astonishing place , immerse in the beauty off the sea and the full moon light , then just a glimpse to the Howth Castle . Can’t be happier. The experience was beautifully holistic. Thank you so much Shane.
Hiking all along the cliffs, listening all kind of stories about this astonishing place , immerse in the beauty off the sea and the full moon light , then just a glimpse to the How…
Estella
February 2019
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget. It made my stay in Ireland special; and, for the first time, I felt like I was able to embrace nature and appreciate it for the way it speaks to us at night. I'm so glad I found out about this opportunity through Airbnb. Shane is one of the most passionate people I know about the history of Ireland and about preserving its land. Shane was very accommodating, and he made sure that I was getting the most out of the experience by talking me through our plans for the night before embarking on our adventure. He mapped out our route options, and patiently asked me for feedback on anything specific that I was looking to see that night. I really appreciate his thoughtfulness and for his attention to details. Throughout the night, he pointed out landmarks, more discrete markings (such as animal footprints), formation of trees and rocks, and plants and flowers that would otherwise go unnoticed, if I were to walk by myself. Shane made me realize that what we see at night is the same living thing during the daytime -- that the only difference is that we perceive what we see at night as potential threats because we aren't feeling the life of everything around us. I realized that we are one with nature, and that we are a part of the dark -- a part of whatever slight buzz that comes from the swaying of leaves and from the movements of organisms beneath the ground, giving necessary nutrients to help trees prepare for changing climates. During our journey, we ripped off pieces of garlic and gorse to taste, and we even got a chance to walk through the reservoir, where we heard some frogs/toads along the way back to the golf course. Shane gave many interesting tidbits of advice and information that I wouldn't have gotten elsewhere. He even taught me how to properly tuck away my shoelaces, so that they don't get caught in branches. I really appreciate Shane's vast knowledge, many years of experience, and his hunger for more adventures. His passion for Ireland's history and land are unmistakeable. I would 100% recommend anyone looking for a unique experience to book this adventure with Shane. I would definitely do it over again, if I could.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget. It made my stay in Ireland special; and, for the first time, I felt like I was able to embrace nature and appreci…
Crystal
February 2019
The most fascinating and mind-blowing encounter we’ve had thus far. Shane absolutely made our entire trip with this experience. There is no doubt that Ireland is a dream, but Shane allowed us to view life differently with this hike. He is very knowledgeable, wise, & experienced. He will decide where to take you based on what you’re interested in seeing. His vast knowledge and love for the land is probabaly the most remarkable part. We had an appetite for all of it as he says, so we got to see EVERYTHING. We were cliff side, in the woodlands, got to see the castle, constellations, historic ruins, I mean literally everything. We even tasted fresh garlic from the woods. It was so out of this world.. We feel like we really connected with him and shared many things in common. Don’t be afraid to talk - about ANYTHING. If you want an intimate, once in a lifetime experience with nature, BOOK THIS WALK. Shane made it so worth it.
The most fascinating and mind-blowing encounter we’ve had thus far. Shane absolutely made our entire trip with this experience. There is no doubt that Ireland is a dream, but Shane…
Josh
February 2019
Shane leads this trip with an energy and etiquette that is truly unique. It’s a wonderful experience to hike with him and hear the knowledge and stories he has to share.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

More tips

Howth is about 35 minutes by public transport or taxi from Dublin City Centre. You ought to be physically able and eager to experience wilderness in the dark. You don't have to be an athlete.

What to bring

sturdy footwear

light backpack