With the warm weather fast approaching it’s time to rediscover our passion for dining Al Fresco. In celebration of National Picnic Week, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest picnic spots in Dingle, Ireland.
Situated at the foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains and covering an area of 450 hectares, the Glanteenassig Forest Park consists of woodland, mountain, lake peatland and is an outdoor enthusiasts dream to explore. There are three walking trails in Glanteenassig. The River Trail (1.1km, 30 mins, easy),The Lough Slat (0.3km, 5 mins, Access for all) and the Lough Caum Loop (2km, 1 hour, moderate). There are picnic tables around each of the lakes so when you’ve finished your walk you can eat and relax while taking in the breathtaking scenery. There’s fantastic fishing to be had here but you will need a permit, ask at the SPA in Castlegory tourist office by the SPA in Castlegory. Open 08.00 – 22.00 (Summer) 08.00 – 18.00 (Winter)
Built in 1896, Brandon Pier used to be heaving with up to 100 canoes all out fishing for Mackerel, which would be salted and then shipped off to North America. The trade has died out now but people still fish for mackerel off the high walls and it’s the perfect place for a picnic. Grab a pint of Guinness from Murphey’s bar and soak up the atmosphere as well as the stunning view of Brandon Bay and the mountains.
Named after the Local land Agent RM Hussey, Hussey’s folly was built during the Great famine in 1845 as a means of providing employment for the poor. On a fine day it’s a wonderful spot to picnic and watch all of the comings and goings of the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of local super star Fungie The Dolphin. There’s a little pebble beach, called the Sláidín which is great for swimming from and a car park just a five minute walk away.
Possibly one of the most iconic sites on the peninsular, Coumeenole Beach is on the stunning Slea Head drive. By the road you’ll find picnic tables overlooking the cliffs where you can enjoy your lunch. If you fancy stretching your legs you can stroll down the track to the beach, which was one of the filming locations for Ryan’s Daughter. Please note that the strong currents in the water make the beach unsafe for swimming.
During the 1920’s and 1930’s the Blasket Island Authors produced some remarkable books. At the heart of their community lay an ancient tradition of Oral storytelling, but fearing that their way of like was coming to an end some of the Blasket Islanders wrote their stories down in the Irish language. These books are considered to be classics.The Island is uninhabited now but you can take a ferry from Dun Chaoin pier or hire a boat to this unique and beautiful place. Before your picnic you can take a stroll through the historic village or go swimming with the seals, before enjoying lunch on the white sandy beach or the grassy banks above.