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Perfect picnics: 30 places for a unique al fresco feast

From dinning on fresh lobster by the Flaggy Shore to tucking into a Middle Eastern feast in a Waterford cove, Aoife Carrigy has paired the best gourmet takeaways with the perfect picnic spot

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Vico Baths. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Vico Baths. Picture: Gerry Mooney

A food platter from Sheridan's cheesemongers

A food platter from Sheridan's cheesemongers

Dawson Street’s Tang

Dawson Street’s Tang

Pier jumping in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Picture: Giuseppe Forte

Pier jumping in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Picture: Giuseppe Forte

Powerscourt Waterfall

Powerscourt Waterfall

The Misunderstood Heron, Connemara. Picture: Andrew Downes, xposure

The Misunderstood Heron, Connemara. Picture: Andrew Downes, xposure

A picnic box from Sligo’s Pudding Row the Grocer

A picnic box from Sligo’s Pudding Row the Grocer

The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin

The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin

Mezze. Picture: Monika Coghan

Mezze. Picture: Monika Coghan

Olive Deli

Olive Deli

Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

Thyme Out, Dalkey

Thyme Out, Dalkey

The Fish Basket, Clonakilty

The Fish Basket, Clonakilty

Michie Sushi, Sandyford

Michie Sushi, Sandyford

Delphi Silver Food Truck, Doo Lough

Delphi Silver Food Truck, Doo Lough

Benny's Deli

Benny's Deli

Lough Derg

Lough Derg

Julia's Lobster Truck

Julia's Lobster Truck

Grálinn Wexford

Grálinn Wexford

Kitchen 28 Kilcoole

Kitchen 28 Kilcoole

McGeough's Butchers

McGeough's Butchers

The Strand Cahore, Wexford

The Strand Cahore, Wexford

Harry's Shack, Portstewart

Harry's Shack, Portstewart

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Vico Baths. Picture: Gerry Mooney

The chew: Doolin Inn offers packed lunches for pre-order, or, even better, a very reasonably priced Hiker’s Picnic in a returnable rucksack packed with fleece blanket and flask plus cold cut meats, local cheeses, salads and pickle, and homemade treacle bread.

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Hike Clare’s insider’s track to the Cliffs of Moher

The view: Yes, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most heavily visited sites, and driving there requires navigating narrow roads busy with tour buses, but hiking from Doolin doesn’t, and you can have your pick of clifftop views at which you can set up a picnic.


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