When the sun is out in Ireland, there is nothing better than laying out a great spread and enjoying a picnic with family and friends. Across Ireland, there are many scenic and serene spots to do just that. With that in mind, read below our list of 11 great picnic spots to check out across Ireland.
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11 Great Spots to Enjoy a Picnic at in Ireland
The Mourne Mountains in County Down offer plenty of memorable and worthy picnic spots. After walking one of its beautiful yet gruelling trails, you will be glad of a rest and refuel at a picnic area and the opportunity to soak up the spectacular views and peaceful surroundings in all their glory.
The stunning grounds of Malahide Castle are a perfect setting for picnickers. The castle’s private gardens, created by garden-lover Lord MiloTalbot who once resided there, have pretty flowerbeds, a walled garden, and green areas where picnics can be enjoyed. The castle even hosts its own Teddy Bear’s Picnic for little ones during the summer months, alongside a host of other events for grownups.
Along the north coast of Ireland, the picnic areas situated near the Bishops’ Gate entrance to the Mussenden Temple are an ideal place to rest, before venturing into the temple and to nearby Downhill beach or forest.
Home to Ireland’s highest waterfall and some of the most beautiful gardens and lakes, Powerscourt Estate in Co. Wicklow is a popular picnic spot with locals and visitors to the area. The Estate’s many wide open spaces and grand estate provide a wonderful setting for picnicking all day long.
Based along Ireland’s rugged west coast, Strandhill is an ideal place to lay out a picnic and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on its beach. Along the seafront are also plenty of cafes, ice cream shops and nice drinking spots to end your day well.
Steeped in history and nature, the incredible Lough Boora Discovery Park is filled with endless great spots to picnic. On a visit, don’t miss out on a walk through the Sculpture Park route which displays 24 unique and inspiring sculptures.
It will come as no surprise that The Burren and its dramatic landscape, within the area of County Clare, offers many picnic spots along its rugged and unspoilt landscape. What’s more, during the annual Burren Slow Food Festival festival goers can enjoy a boat trip and picnic below the stunning Cliffs of Moher.
8. Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal
The second largest park in Ireland, Glenveagh National Park has no shortage of epic views to enjoy whilst feasting on a great picnic. This includes views over stunning Lough Veagh and Glenveagh Castle within the park.
For a picnic experience completely off the beaten track, Garnish Island, just off Bantry Bay in Co. Cork, is a hard to beat. The island, accessible aboard the Garnish Island ferry, offers an idyllic setting among its impressive gardens and Martello Tower that lies within the island. On the way over to the island make sure to look out for seals hanging out in nearby Seal Island.
A short ferry ride from Roosaveal, County Galway (or Doolin, County Clare) lies Innis Orr, the smallest of the Arran Islands which are situated along Ireland’s west coast. The island has the beach or picnic tables to sit and enjoy memorable views over the Atlantic. There is also a pleasant cycle path for those keen to burn off a heavy picnic!
For picnicking mixed with family adventure and fun, Lough Key Forest Park fits the bill. There are plenty of picnic areas dotted around the park and lots of activities to keep little ones entertained before and after picnicking.
Images courtesy of Fáilte Ireland
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