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Ramble Donabate/ Portrane Shore Walk

December 20, 2023

Walk : Coastal ramble loop with stops for talks and some rock pooling/fish/shell identification

Meeting Point: Public carpark before the Shoreline Hotel, Donabate.


Meeting Time: 9.30am

Walk Start Time: 9.45am

Route: The walk will include some rock pooling and identification of shells, Marine life as well as information about the hospital and locality. We will start by walking past the Shoreline Hotel on the coastal path, continue along the cliff path to Tower Bay Portrane. From Tower Bay we will continue along the shoreline to the Brook/Burrow beach Portrane. Stop at the hospital graveyard, Tayleur anchor, Stella’s Tower, walk to the entrance gates to St Ita’s Hospital. Walk up the avenue to the front of the hospital, down past the playing fields and meet up at the coastal path again to return to the hotel for (optional) coffee.

Distance: approx. 8km

Duration: 2-2 half hours for the walk and talk\


Please Text the leader by 19 December if you intend going on the walk

Leader’s Note: We will be on coastal and cliff path, some foot path and shoreline. From Tower Bay we will be going down the shore line towards the Brook/Burrow beach for some rock pooling and identification. There will be uneven ground and wet underfoot on the path and shoreline.

Directions from Skerries: Head towards Blake Cross on R132 turn left on to Turvey/Donabate Road, Pass Donabate train station/humpback bridge, take next right before church towards the Shoreline Hotel. Alternatively drive to Donabate Interchange, take R126, Hearse Road towards Donabate, stay on ring road. At second set of traffic lights take right to the Shorline Hotel and public carpark.

Parking in the public carpark just past the roundabout on the left. 

Covid-19 related: Walkers are advised that they will be asked to confirm that they have no Covid-19 like symptoms and agree to walk at their own risk.  The organisers cannot accept any liability in the event of injury/Covid-19 infection.

WhatsApp : for ease of communication a WhatsApp group will be set up for the group coming on this walk. If you do not wish to be included please let the leader know when registering your interest in the walk. 


Leave No Trace: the club is a supporter of the Leave No Trace campaign so please ensure that you leave no litter (of any sort) on the hike route

Clothing/Equipment: please ensure that, at the very least, you have either hiking boots or walking shoes (no trainers) and depending on weather forecast, multiple layers including a warm jacket/ fleece, hat and gloves, a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, a flask with a hot drink, food, snacks and water. 

 If unsure about the required gear or your ability to undertake the walk please check with the walk leader in advance. 



December 20, 2023


Fidlema Carroll
Mary Ryan