To the north of Dublin and only a short distance by boat from Howth is a small uninhabited island called Ireland's Eye.
It is hard to believe that such a wilderness exists so close to the city. If you are looking for shops and seaside entertainment then this is not the place for you. Everything you need for your stay will have to be brought with you, including drinking water.
The island is accessed by boat, many of which leave from Howth on the Howth Peninsular. These are very frequent, especially during the summer months however, if the weather turns bad they may not operate. Getting to Howth is easy, as the northern DART line goes directly to Howth and buses run regularly. You can also drive, as there is plenty of parking in the town.
The island is a nature lover's delight. Once on the island you can enjoy the water and sandy beach or go for a hike. There are not many man-made structures on the island except for a 19th century Martello Tower and the ruins of an old 8th century church.
The beauty of the island is it sparseness and open spaces. It is host to a multitude of birds including gulls, gannets, razorbills and guillemots to name just a few. Although not in great numbers, you may be lucky enough to see Puffins.
Be careful where you walk, as many of the birds nest in the grass and you may accidently stand on the eggs. Also, be careful at breeding time as some of the birds may see you as a threat to their nest and attack you. If you come during the breeding season, you may be surprised at the noise the birds make - and be prepared for the smell!
As well as bird life, you will probably be able to see colonies of grey seals.
The island is actually privately owned and is part of the Howth Estate but access is granted to the public.
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