Our Story

Our Story, so far....

Free Walking Tours Howth was founded by Mark McHale, with the belief that we could create affordable, unique, imaginative and a once in a lifetime experience for guests from all over the world.

The Free Walking Tour is designed to give you a insight into what it is like to be a native of the emerald Isle and are delivered in a fun & charismatic way, that is sure to be the highlight of your trip.

Lead guide Mark is a native of Howth and has provided tours for language schools, Universities, private groups and international tour operators.  

Mark is a keen local historian and wannabe comedian - there is no one better to entertain and give you the inside story on Howth and the East of Ireland.

As well as providing the Free Walking Tour, we also provide more in-depth experiences of Howth on our sister site www.hiddenhowthexperiences.com - Including The Craft Beer & Seafood Trail, The Hidden Howth Experience & Haunted Hidden Howth.

We are also happy to act a planners for your group tours to Ireland including arranging meals, entertainment and, accommodation.

Contact us today to start planning a once in a lifetime trip to this wonderful region.


Howth is a fishing village located 30 minutes from Dublin. It has been the home to Pirates & Poets over the years and boasts the best views in Ireland.

First settled in 819 by Norse Vikings, this seaside community’s rich history is where sea myths are spun, famous Irish writers have taken their inspiration, and history is alive and thriving at the 700-year-old Howth Castle.

Come along for one of Mark's Tours and trace the path of pirates and kings.  

Learn about Howth’s early Viking days, Howth Castle’s past, and its popularity as a backdrop for Hollywood film makers, legends of ghosts and spirits, and enjoy a pint or two – this is Ireland after all.

Enjoy Howth Like a Local!

Spend some time with Mark and explore this side of Dublin. What you do with the rest of your day is up to you, but there is a lot to choose.

  • Birdwatching
  • Sailing
  • Seals
  • Cycling
  • Hiking along the 6 km Cliff Path Loop
  • Radio Tower Museum
  • Tour Ireland’s Eye 
  • Have a great meal and a pint – any time of year.


Mark & Missy
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