May Bank Holiday Perfect Picnic Spots on The Wild Atlantic Way

Have you made plans for the rest of the bank holiday weekend?



If you're looking for something to do this weekend what about exploring the rugged beauty of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Stretching over 2,600 km along Ireland’s west coast, this scenic route is a treasure trove of breath-taking landscapes, hidden gems, and delightful picnic spots perfect for a relaxing way to spend your Bank Holiday. You don’t have to do the entire length, you can pick sections you like.


So, grab your picnic blanket and let’s dive into our favourite picnic spots along the Wild Atlantic Way. First on our list is…..


  1. Keem Bay, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

Imagine spreading your picnic blanket on the soft grass overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. Keem Bay is a stunning, secluded spot, ideal for those who enjoy a quiet picnic with a view. The bay’s turquoise waters and surrounding cliffs create a spectacular setting that feels almost tropical. After your picnic, take a stroll on the beach or, if you're feeling adventurous, dive into the Atlantic for a refreshing swim.



  1. Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry

Drive along the Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head, where you’ll find panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean that are simply mesmerizing. The area has lots of spots where you can park up and set up your picnic overlooking dramatic sea cliffs and ancient stone huts. It’s a place steeped in history and natural beauty, and the sunsets here are magical. Perfect for those who love to combine their meals with a touch of historical intrigue and natural splendour.



  1. Silver Strand Beach, Malin Beg, Co. Donegal

Silver Strand Beach is somewhat of a hidden treasure. This secluded, horseshoe-shaped bay is surrounded by high cliffs, offering shelter and a private feel. Accessible via a series of steps, your little effort will be rewarded with incredible views and a peaceful atmosphere. It’s a fantastic spot to enjoy a quiet picnic, listen to the waves, and watch the world go by at a slower pace.



  1. Killary Harbour Co. Galway

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Ireland's only fjord, Killary Fjord in Connemara is a breathtaking location for a picnic. The fjord stretches 16 km between the mountains, providing a stunningly serene water landscape. You can choose to picnic by the shores or find a higher vantage point on the surrounding slopes for panoramic views of the water and rugged landscape. It's an ideal spot if you appreciate dramatic natural beauty and tranquillity.




  1. Cliffs of Moher Co. Clare

One of the most asked questions about the Wild Atlantic Way is “What’s the most beautiful part of the Wild Atlantic Way?”  While it’s tough to pick just one, the Cliffs of Moher steal the spotlight for many. These majestic cliffs run for about 8km and rise over 700 feet at its highest point above the Atlantic Ocean, offering panoramic views that are nothing short of spectacular. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, making the Cliffs of Moher a top contender for the most scenic spot along the Wild Atlantic Way.



And the next most asked question about the Cliffs of Moher is “Can you picnic at the Cliffs of Moher?”


The answer is yes. While the visitor centre area is available, a short walk along the coastal path brings you to more tranquil spots perfect for a picnic. Just remember to bring a windproof jacket because the winds could be strong at the cliffs.


  1. Garnish Island, Co. Cork

Accessible by a short ferry ride from Glengarriff, Garnish Island offers beautifully landscaped gardens and stunning scenic views, making it a unique picnic destination. The island’s sheltered position in Bantry Bay gives it a surprisingly warm climate, allowing for the growth of exotic plants and trees. The Italian Garden or the Martello Tower provide charming spots for a calm lunch.




  1. Enniscrone Beach, Co. Sligo

Located in the charming town of Enniscrone, this 5km sandy beach is the perfect spot for a beachside picnic. As a blue flag beach, its the perfect spot for a swim. Enniscrone Beach offers not just a stunning backdrop but also picnic tables and bathroom facilities. After your picnic, enjoy a leisurely walk along the beach or soak in the famed seaweed baths for a truly relaxing end to your day.




Planning Your Perfect Picnic:


Now that you know where to go and what to eat along the Wild Atlantic Way, here are a few tips to make the most of your picnic adventure:


  1. Pack Smart: Bring a durable, waterproof picnic blanket, a hat, insect spray, reusable utensils, and plenty of water. Don’t forget your trash bags to leave no trace.
  2. Check the Weather: The Irish weather can be unpredictable. Check and YR for the forecast and always be prepared with rain gear and extra layers.
  3. Arrive Early or Stay Late: To beat the crowds and catch the best views, plan to arrive early in the morning or later towards the evening. Sunset picnics can be particularly magical.
  4. Support Local: Whenever possible, buy your picnic goodies from local producers or small shops along the way. It’s a great way to support the communities you visit and discover authentic flavours.


Whatever you decide to do for your time off this weekend, make sure it's something you enjoy. And if you need to pick up anything, you can shop online and our store opening times for the bank holiday weekend can be found here.





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