Scenic Irish spot named one of the best running routes in the world


The scenic area of Howth Head in North Dublin has been named on a list of the most ‘Epic Runs of the World’ by Lonely Planet.

Howth Head – an inclined route of around 12km – was dubbed ‘Dublin’s Wild Side’ in the Lonely Planet book of 2019, and was described by one reviewer as a ‘slice of wilderness in Ireland’s capital’. If anyone has ever taken on the Howth Head walk, you’ll know it’s certainly a wild experience!

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The travel guide has named 50 locations around the world on the list of the greatest running routes, with a number of other Irish locations mentioned.

Unsurprisingly, some of the world’s most iconic regions are listed in the guide, including the Great Wall of China – although we wouldn’t recommend actually running on the wall.

The North Pole is also ranked – even though we don’t know how fast you’d be able to run there, along with a safari in Africa – where we imagine you could be running for your life away from lions and the likes.

The other places in Ireland that received a mention on the list include: the Cliffs of Moher in Clare – which is stunning, but we’d probably walk and not run near some cliffs.


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