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Perfect picnics: 30 places across Ireland 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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Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

Castle Leslie

The chew: Choose from Castle Leslie’s Traditional Picnic, featuring all sorts of afternoon tea-style treats (including smoked salmon blinis with trout caviar, homemade lemonade with elderflower and raspberry, potted prawn cocktail with traditional wheaten loaf, glazed fruit tart with vanilla crème patisserie) or its Champagne Indulgence picnic.

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Make it overnight with picnic, bed and breakfast

The view: Many of the country’s luxury hotels offer pre-ordered picnics to residents. At Castle Leslie, it’s a chance to settle into one of several idyllic spots that have been specially chosen for the perfect picnic in their magnificent 1,000-acre Monaghan estate.


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