The Best Picnic Places for Families in Sligo & Leitrim

Children just love to go on a picnic don’t they?  Here’s my top ten places around Sligo & Leitrim that I think are just great for a picnic.  Parks are good and forests, even playgrounds with a bit of grass can serve as a good picnic spot (provided the weather stays dry!).  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! 


  1. Hazelwood – Settle at Half Moon Bay, then go for a walk round the trails to burn off the cakes!
  2. Mullaghmore – Fabulous expanse of beach. On a sunny day or not! 
  3. Fowleys Falls – a little hidden gem in North Leitrim
  4. Gleniff Horseshoe Millsite – Explore the millsite and nature trails, then drive round the horseshoe. Look out for the magic hill too!
  5. Enniscrone – another fabulous beach.  
  6. Glencar Waterfall – lovely setting and one to get a picture of!
  7. The Organic Centre – Where you may learn something too! A really interesting spot
  8. Parkes Castle/Lough Gill – Another amazing setting, and hopefully the castle is open too for a walk around!
  9. Lough Key Forest Park – So much to do for all ages!
  10. Derrycarne Wood – About 3.5km north of Dromod is Derrycarne Wood, where there are lovely nature trails and picnic areas.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.