Sea Glass Hunting at Donabate Beach

This morning Soren played a friendly game of football against a local club which was a great game – Soren scored one goal!!

We headed up to Donabate Beach again!  Even in the winter, we’re there.


First we had a pint in the Waterside Pub, overlooking the sea, and then while Soren and Nils took a walk on the water edge and explored a few rock pools, Maebh and I collected sea glass as there is a lot of glass at this beach.   Of course, most of it was green, but did find a light blue one and two bright blue pieces!

 

Love this beach and we’ll be back soon to collect more sea glass and explore the rock pools.

Here is my current collection on display in our kitchen…. thinking about getting a larger vase to store them all in one.

 

Donabate Beach Walk

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.

Newbridge House & Farm – Donabate

Having had the kids cooped up in the house for the past few days [with Nils being away with the car all week] they were dying to get out of the house and visit a playground.   Having heard about Newbridge House & Farm before, we set out to see what it was like.
Stephen Fry was filming a movie there while we were there, but stayed away from it.

It is located in Donabate, about 1/2 hour from our house.  Just past the airport on the M50 towards Belfast.    The demesne consists of approximately 370 acres of pastureland, woodland walks, traditional farm, a deer park, lime kiln ruins of Lanistown Castle, watercourses, a playground and a tea room.  We didn’t go in th house, but I think it would be like a typical National Trust home in the UK – which I’m sure I’d love.

As it is still winter, we knew the farm aprt would be closed but set of anyway. It was rather cold and foggy but for the hour we were their, the kids had fun and we will be back in the good weather.  Nils brought Maebh’s scoot bike which has been in the UK so she had to ride it  – Soren had a go too but way too small.  Working on getting him a proper bike and teaching him to ride it.

 

As you’ll see in the photos, the playground is amazing – it’s huge and offers all the fun things like the giant slides, ride on bike thing which Soren loves and a zip line, of course.

 

 

 

Picture a hampster wheel – now see the kids spin like hampsters.

 

 

 

 

Of course Soren was all over the zip line…

 

 

Maebh had a turn too – but…..

Maebh didn’t like it so much this time.

After some playing here, we walked around a bit and up to some of the animals ….  again as it’s winter we didn’t see them all but the sheep had some personality… and the one guy with horns and the funny tongue kept bashing the fence with the female on the other side.  She was the biggest sheep I’ve ever seen in my life so perhaps she was pregant?

 

 

 

Would we go back – YES!

Favorite part for the kids:  Awesome playground!