The Best Picnic Places for Families in Laois


picnicChildren just love to go on a picnic, don't they?  Here are the best places around Laois that are just great for a picnic with the kids.


Emo Court Park & Gardens, Emo.  Picnic benches and toilet facilities beside main car park.

The Slieve Bloom Mountains:

  • The Cut (L1005 Mountrath/ Clonaslee road), fabulous views over Laois and Offaly, picnic benches on both Laois and Offaly sides of mountain
  • Glen Monicknew Bridge on same road – picnic benches and grassy area beside Glen River.
  • Brittas Lake, Clonaslee, picnic benches – short distance from village.  Lovely secluded spot.
  • Glenbarrow waterfall outside Rosenallis.  Picnic benches at start of river/ falls walk.

Oughaval Woods – Stradbally.  Stradbally/ Carlow road.  Picnic site has great views over surrounding countryside.  

Stradbally Lake – on Timahoe Rd just outside village.  Picnic benches and try fishing in the lake – fishing rods may be hired.

Dunmore Woods – Durrow/ Abbeyleix Rd. Picnic benches at entrance to Coillte walks.

Garryhinch, Portarlington – benches provided at start of Coillte walk.

Derryounce Bog Lake – on the Portarlington/ Edenderry Rd.  Car parking just past the railway line on left heading out of town.  (Ignore signs in centre of town or you will need a swim in the lake when you get there!)

Castletown Bridge – grassy area beside the Nore – will be thronged on sunny Sundays.



Take a look at our Summer Picnic Recipes for some inspiration for different picnic foods and pack up the picnic basket to head out for some fresh air and outdoor fun!

If you have a favourite picnic spot in Laois, please share it in the comments below

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