Howth : Lake or Island

Grid Ref
Longitude10° 29' 43.75" W
Latitude51° 34' 5.35" N
ITM east480366
ITM north584435
Nearest TownAllihies (32.3 Km)
OS Sheets
UTM zone29U
UTM x449041
UTM y5761192

This site has subsites

Ben Of Howth - Blackheath - CairnBlackheath - Ben Of Howth - Chambered Cairn
Howth Castle - Portal TombSt Mary's Church - Howth Castle - Church
The Great Bailey - Howth - Promontory Fort
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Visit Notes

Sunday, 13th January 2002

The piece of land that makes up howth is a wonderous site and can be seen from most of the sites in the surrounding area, especially those in the north part of the Dublin/Wicklow mountains.

Its prominence in the landscape and its apparent center of focus makes this place very special indeed. From the shore the peaks make out the shape of a pregnant woman lying down. I can not help but think that Howth may have once been the Mother Goddess herself.

What a beautiful place.

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Marked Sites


From Dublin city center take the R105 north and follow the signs to Howth. What could be simpler?


The old Gaelic name for Howth is Benn …tair! And so it is named after a celtic god. This would indicate that it was revered much earlier too. Also known as …tar .. "…tar forehead to the flood ... the grey sea roars against his shoulder." from the Dindshenchas.

A Selection of Other Lakes or Islands

About Coordinates Displayed

This is an explanation of (and a bit of a disclaimer for) the coordinates I provide.

Where a GPS figure is given this is the master for all other coordinates. According to my Garmin these are quite accurate.

Where there is no GPS figure the 6 figure grid reference is master for the others. This may not be very accurate as it could have come from the OS maps and could have been read by eye. Consequently, all other cordinates are going to have inaccuracies.

The calculation of Longitude and Latitude uses an algorithm that is not 100% accurate. The long/lat figures are used as a basis for calculating the UTM & ITM coordinates. Consequently, UTM & ITM coordinates are slightly out.

UTM is a global coordinate system - Universal Transverse Mercator - that is at the core of the GPS system.

ITM is the new coordinate system - Irish Transverse Mercator - that is more accurate and more GPS friendly than the Irish Grid Reference system. This will be used on the next generation of Irish OS maps.

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