Mountains, valleys and picnic spots in Ireland

Comeragh Mountains, ©SeanJohnSean/Flickr

Comeragh Mountains, ©SeanJohnSean/Flickr

Going out for a nice picnic with friends and family can be a relaxing and lovely pass time on a weekend or holiday. The only thing you need is loads of food to eat, a patch of green area and your cheerfulness. Of course you might want to take a couple of blankets, a badminton set, a frisbee and maybe a deck of cards.

No matter what activities you choose to do it is always better and more refreshing outdoors than staying inside the house, especially on a lovely spring day or in the summer season. In Ireland there are countless picnic spots where you can spend a fun day out. Here they are:

Killarney National Park

Visit the highest mountain range of Ireland, the McGillycuddy’s Reeks located near the town of Killarney. Its highest point is over 1000 m which overlooks the woods, lakes and waterfalls of Killarney National Park.

Killarney National Park, ©Jim Linwood/Flick

Killarney National Park, ©Jim Linwood/Flick

Knockreer House, Kenmare Desmene and Muckross House and Gardes, which make part of the park are its focal points where you can view artifacts and furniture from the 19th century and also learn about the period. The park is unique for its native yew and oak woods, evergreen trees, lichens and native red deer. Pack your picnic basket and spend a day at Killarney National Park.

Comeragh Mountains

Another ideal spot for picnicking is somewhere deep in the Comeragh Mountains, located between Dungarvan and Clonmel. There is an annual walking festival organized in this area which you can attend and fight the challenges of mountain walking. The festival is held in October every year and concentrates mostly on the Nire Valley.

Comeragh Mountains, ©SeanJohnSean/Flickr

Comeragh Mountains, ©SeanJohnSean/Flickr

Attend, learn and follow experienced guides through routes over mountains and valleys. There are easy walks for beginners and plenty of challenging routes for experienced hikers as well. Reach the rocky Knockanaffrin peak, Crohaun and Seefin hills and wander through the forest tracks.

Clare Glens Loop

Clare Glens Loop is an easy walk through forests, waterfalls and rock pools. Follow the narrow trails pointed by colored arrows. The green signs lead you on a short Nature loop crossing a river, a stone footbridge towards a riverbank and a wooden bridge.

Picnic, ©danoxter/Flickr

Picnic, ©danoxter/Flickr

The next part leads you uphill through woodlands and takes you to a footbridge at Clare Falls. Follow the purple signs through sandy woodlands which lead back to Nature Loop. The sandy path will take you to the front.

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