Top Picnic Places in Ireland for Families

You can’t beat eating outdoors when the sun is shining and we are spoilt for choice for nice places to picnic in Ireland. Food always seems to taste nicer when eaten ‘al fresco’! Here is our pick of the top picnic places in Ireland for families!

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The kids certainly enjoy bringing a picnic lunch if we’re heading out and about for the day so 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! And to make sure you remember everything download our Free Picnic Checklist too!

The following are some of Mykidstime parents’ favourite places to eat al fresco.

Massy’s Estate

Deborah, mum of 3 from Dublin, says that Massy’s Estate is a personal favourite picnic spot right in the Dublin Mountains where you might well spot a deer or red squirrel!

iveagh gardens dublinIveagh Gardens

Or stop by Iveagh Gardens and enjoy the peace and tranquility right in the centre of Dublin! Located just off Harcourt Street, this is one park that is never full or loud.  With beautiful flora and green areas and an impressive waterfall that the kids love.

Fitzgeralds Park Cork

If you’re looking for ideas for where to picnic in Cork, Noelle, mum of 3’s favourite is Fitzgeralds Park where you can take a stroll around and find a nice spot for your picnic.

There are lovely views of the River Lee, a good playground, several interesting statues, a fountain and plenty of grassy spots.

Fitzgeralds Park is also home to Cork Public Museum which is free entry Mon-Sat and on Sun costs €2.50 per family.

Monivea Forest, Galway

Monivea Forest is Etain’s favourite place to picnic in Galway as she says the family can have a picnic as well as a walk!  Start with a walk in the woods with the kids to find the unusual ffrench family mausoleum built like a mini castle and spot the Ice House hidden in the forest.

“Then it’s time for a picnic and when we are all refueled we leave the woods and head over to the great playground to burn some more energy, before getting in the car and heading home!  All we need is some dry weather, a picnic and we are set for the day :)”

Lough Gur

lough gur limerickHelen, mum of 1 from Limerick, has chosen Lough Gur as a fantastic place for a day out and a picnic in the Limerick area. Steeped in history, visit the remains of an early farmstead and take a walk through the forest or for the more energetic climb Knockadoon Hill.

“Picnic on the maintained lawn beside the lake. Don’t forget to bring fishing nets, plastic bottles and towels as wading in the shallow section of the lake is a must.

And bring binoculars for those wild life enthusiastic kids, as there are plenty of water birds, birds of prey, waders, song birds and dragon flies to spot.  In autumn time, it’s a great place to go blackberry picking.  

Keep an eye out for Gearoid Iarla, 3rd Earl of Desmond.  As a punishment for his involvement in magic, he did not die but lives beneath the waters of the lake.  Every seven years he rides around the lake margin on his white horse, shod with silver shoes.  When the shoes are finally worn, he will regain his mortal form and restore the glory of the Desmonds”

Three Rocks Trail, Wexford

Carol, mum of 3 tells us that The Three Rocks Trail in Wexford is one of her favourite spots for a picnic.  Coillte Outdoors provide a 8km long trail across Fort Mountain and Shelmalier and there are plenty of shorter loops for families, picnic areas and great viewing points.

Gleniff Horseshoe Millsite, Sligo

Katherine, mum of 2, has opted for Gleniff Horseshoe Millsite as her top spot for a picnic in Sligo.

Those with an interest in industrial archaelogy and local heritage will be fascinated by this site, which also has a lovely woodland walk and nature trail to take you through native Irish trees and alongside rushing mountain streams and waterfalls before you stop at the picnic area to enjoy your food!

Lisdoonvarna Playground, Clare

If you are in County Clare, Laura, mum of 2, says that one of her favourite places to take the kids is Lisdoonvarna playground “simply for the variety of activities while we’re picnic-ing as we can picnic, play and take a short walk as well.”

Mornington Beach, Meath

Linda, mum of 2, has picked Mornington Beach as a great spot.  “The kids love beach combing and hearing the gory story about the origin of the two towers, the Maiden and the Lady’s Finger!”

Dun na Ri Forest Park, Cavan

If you are looking for somewhere for a picnic in Cavan, Laura says Dun na Ri Forest Park is great for long (or short!) walks through deep leafy glades and over old bridges. “There’s even a Wishing Well and a children’s playground which the kids love to stop at.”

We hope you enjoy your picnic and let us know in the comments below if you have any favourite picnic places of your own so we can tell other parents!

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