10 of Britain & Ireland’s best picnic spots
What makes a great picnic spot? There has to be an amazing view, or the place itself needs to be awesome. The best picnics are usually with your favourite friends or family – and the hamper will feature all those tasty bits and pieces that you like to eat and drink alfresco.
10 top picnic spots to visit in Britain & Ireland
1 Aran Islands
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Inishmore, Aran Islands.[/caption]
National Geographic Magazine places the Aran Islands, Ireland, at number nine in a top 10 world’s best picnic spots list. The group of three islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are very beautiful and Inishmore island is rated as the best place to enjoy your picnic. Take a scenic ferry ride to the island where you’ll be treated to limestone landscapes and green countryside. At the Iron Age fort of Dun Aengus you can enjoy a summertime picnic while gazing over the Atlantic Ocean.
Visit the Aran Island on The best of Ireland walking holiday
2 Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire
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Visit wales reckon Barafundle Bay is the ideal spot for a picnic. The beautiful sand and clear water is billed a favourite “secret” beach.
See the bay on a walking tour of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path
3 Bodmin Moor
The Telegraph newspaper selected a list of the top 15 best picnic spot in the UK. Bodmin Moor in Cornwall was chosen as a superb place to enjoy a picnic with the dramatic backdrop of the bracken and heather of Bodmin Moor and the peaks of Rough Tor and Brown Willy .
Cycle Classic Cornwall
4 North Pennines
Pick your spot – and there are tons to choose form between Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland and into Cumbria. The Telegraph newspaper suggests you find a spot close to a waterfall or amid stunning heathland and dales.
Walk the Hadrian’s Wall
and choose your top picnic spot every day!
The National Trust has listed some of their top spots for a picnic and Wimpole in Cambridgeshire makes the grade. Visitors can admire the views of a restored gothic tower – and the views over the estate from this lovely spot in the North Park.
6 Brancaster Beach
Endless golden sands at this hotspot in Norfolk makes it the perfect destination for picnic loving families. Place beach based games, build sandcastles, fly kites and eat your favourite picnic foods. Visit Brancaster beach on a Norfolk Coast walking holiday
In County Antrim, there’s an exhilarating rope bridge where you can enjoy an unique cliff top experience. Set on the North Antrim Coast Road, amid fabulous coastal scenery, the 30m deep and 20m wide chasm is traversed by a bridge that was traditionally erected by salmon fishermen. Visitors bold enough to cross to the rocky island are rewarded with fantastic views. Take a picnic with you to this exciting outdoors destination.
Macs Adventure offers a walking holiday to the Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast
8 Giant’s Causeway
Gaze in wonder at this stunning geological feature on the coast of Northern Ireland. The Giant's Causeway comprises around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, created by an ancient volcanic eruption. Take your time to enjoy a picnic at the fantastic spot during a walking holiday to Northern Ireland.
9 Top of Ben Hope
The most northerly Munro in Scotland (a Munro is a Scottish mountain with a summit of at least 3,000ft/914m) offers truly breath-taking views from the top. Pack a lightweight picnic in your walking rucksack and enjoy eating it while you drink up the panorama over the Sutherland countryside and out to the sea.
10 Sandwood Bay
You’ll need to walk around six miles to reach this Sutherland beach, which is often voted as one of the best in Europe. But the rewards are superb coastal views and a wonderfully remote location to enjoy an outdoors feast. Take a wee dram of whisky with you, too.
Take a hike during a North Coast 500 drive and Hike holiday
Tell us your favourite summer picnic spots in Britain.