We headed up to Potrane Beach to walk along the beach and instead of going on the beach we normally go on, we decided to take the cliff walk to the right towards Donabate. We have never been that way before but was pleasantly surprised. At first I was a little skeptical of what was around the corner but all in all it was pretty safe and wide enough so you were not dangling on the edge of the cliff. Our kids thankfully don’t run off ahead so the danger was lessened as they walked with us. We passed a person in a wheel chair – not sure how far they got but, at places, it was pretty wide.
After what I think was about a mile walk, we came to the Waterside House Beach Hotel (didn’t know it existed!). There the kids explored rock pools, while I searched for sea glass along the pebbles. Being low tide, it was perfect and I found tons – most green pieces but a few blue.
As it was a bit chilly, we popped inside the pub to use the bathroom and we decided to have a drink. As Nils was checking it out, an older guy started talking to him. So when we came in, the guy walks up to us and asks if we were Dutch and if he could buy us a round of drinks in honor of his 70th birthday party. Nils replied, both Dutch and American – well the guy was thrilled. He “loved the Dutch” and spent some time there from Utrecht to Amsterdam. He also had a connection with Lowell, MA too. Such a nice guy – Martin from Swords. He came over and chatted a bit and when he left, his wife came over and shook hands and said bye to us.
Two days later, we returned to the same beach to collect sea glass and the kids could explore the rock pools. We didn’t visit the hotel pub this time, but it was tempting as it was chilly. This trip we saw horses having a trek on the beach – turns out the hotel can book this for you. The kids would love that one day.
We’ll definitely be back to this beach as I think it’s a great beach at low tide, tons of pools for the kids to explore and bonus a pub for a snack, drink or hot tea if it’s cold.