5 Of The Best Picnic Spots In Kildare

It’s sunny in Ireland! Can you believe it! Not a drop of rain on the horizon for days as temperatures are set to soar. What are you waiting for? Grab those sandwiches, drinks and treats, throw them all into a hamper and get yourself out al fresco for a picnic under clear blue skies. But where […]

It’s sunny in Ireland! Can you believe it!

Not a drop of rain on the horizon for days as temperatures are set to soar. What are you waiting for? Grab those sandwiches, drinks and treats, throw them all into a hamper and get yourself out al fresco for a picnic under clear blue skies.

But where to go? We’ll make it easy for you with a list of the best picnic spots in Kildare.  All you have to do is make sure you pack the sunscreen.

Donadea Forest Park


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Donadea Forest Park is situation in northeast Kildare on 240 plus hectares of mixed woodland for a great day out.

Owned by the state since 1935, there area many historical features to see, including the remains of a castle, walled gardens, church, tower, ice-house, boat house and the lime tree avenue.

There is a small cafe, in case you forget the buns for your picnic and there are many different walks to suit all abilities, to walk off those calories.

And, you can’t have a picnic without feeding the ducks!  In Donadea Forest Park, there’s a 2.3 hectare lake with ducks and other birds.  It’s a quacking place for family fun.

Curragh Plains


The Curragh Plains falls over 5,000 acres of grasslands.  Yep, you heard right so you won’t be vying for room to put down your picnic blanket!

Spend your time here flying a kite, playing tag, walking, cycling or even just lying down and counting the clouds – but there’s not going to be many of them anytime soon.  Yippee!

Mullaghreelan Wood


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Mullaghreelan Wood is a three-course meal in terms of a day out!  The picturesque old woodland estate offers a very unique experience with spectacular views over east Laois.

The Coillte wood, near Athy, was the birthplace of St Laurence O’Toole, former Archbishop of Dublin, whose heart is preserved in Christ Church Cathedral.

Clonfert Pet Farm


The nine-year old pet farm now has over 60 different types of exotic animals for the whole family to enjoy after devouring the ham sarnies and the bread sticks!

The farm has a number of different picnic areas as well as two outdoor children’s areas, go karts, mini-golf and a football pitch.  Better pack some extra food!

Wallaby Woods


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Set in 16 acres of woodland in Donadea, Wallaby Woods has an assault course, zip line, playgrounds, outdoor aquarium and fairy cottage as well as 60 species of animals including Pygmy african hedgehogs, black swans and emus.

If that’s not enough to work up an appetite to eat in the many picnic areas, then we don’t know what is!

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