Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival is the one of Ireland’s premium painting festivals and the one you should put in your diary for June 2021 – Monday 21st to Sunday 26th. Hope you will join us and look forward to meeting you.

Online registration begins November 2020.

For your convenience, we have compiled a listing of links to make your travel, stay and visit to Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival enjoyable.

Please note – Dublin Plein Air Festival is not responsible for your travel arrangements or booking your accommodation. We have compiled this information as a reference list to assist you when visiting our festival.

Getting Here

Whether you’re travelling by air, sea, rail or car getting to the Dublin plein air festival is very easy.

We have Dublin International airport on our doorstep, we are fully serviced by rail and have the major road motorways coming into Dublin.

Travel links


Aer Lingus – The national airline flying world-wide.

Ryanair – Flying between Ireland and most European destinations.

Irish Ferries – Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, UK and France

Brittany Ferries – Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, UK, France and Spain.

Stenaline – Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, UK and France

Celtic Link Ferries – Car & passenger ferries, Ireland, UK, France.

Bus Éireann – All Ireland bus service

Irish Rail – All Ireland railroad service

Car Hire


There are many car hire companies based in Dublin Airport and they have many other depots around Dublin and Ireland.

Budget Car Hire 

Europcar Hire

Hertz Car Hire

Avis Car Hire



Fingal and Dublin are spoilt for choice with a very extensive range of accommodation; everything from hotels, bed-and-breakfast to camping sites.

DALMAC  –  provides host family accommodation in Skerries and Rush in North County Dublin.

Host family accommodation is based on a single room, sharing family bathroom – host families may or may not have children and/or pets. Host families are based in Skerries or Rush in North County Dublin. They will provide your accommodation needs during the festival on a bed and breakfast (continental breakfast) basis.

Accommodation includes an administration fee.

Rates are :

 7 nights – €275.00

6 nights – €250.00

5 nights – €225.00

4 nights – €200.00

3 nights – €175.00

Note : Minimum stay is 3 nights.


Other Accommodation Links


Bracken Court Hotel , Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Trivago website for Ireland.

Airbnb Ireland

North Beach campsite – For those plein air painters with camper vans or like camping. It is a good central location for the festival.

White Cottages B&B Skerries

Jantol House B&B Skerries

Art Supplies


It is recommended that you bring most of your art supplies with you but in the event of not being able to do so there are many supply stores that can provide you with whatever you require when it comes to art materials.

Evans Art Supplies sponsors of Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival

The Dublin based Evans Art Supplies is a long established company and has been supplying artist materials in Ireland for many years.

The Art Material Company is an online art supplies company and is our sponsor for the Swords paint out. They are friendly and can provide you with any art supplies you require.

Artist Materials Check Lists

If you are new to plein air painting and would like to know what to bring when painting out doors, click on the links below.

Oil Paint Check List

Acrylic and Watercolour Check List

Pastel / Drawing Check List


Restaurants / Pubs

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating, drinking and socialising in Dublin and particularly within Fingal. We have every type of eatery to suit every person’s budget.
We are currently compiling a large list of both restaurants and pubs for you. Visit our website in the coming months to get a list of the added restaurants and pubs.

Support our Sponsors

The Sung Bar – Skerries

Windmill Steakhouse & Seafood Restaurant

Bracken Court Hotel , Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Fingal County Council

What’s On

As we approach the start of the festival, we will be making you aware of events that are happening outside the painting festival that may be of interest to you while visiting Dublin. We can assure you however that you will have a very busy and enjoyable week, as there are many social events that are part of our festival and to which all participants will be invited.

If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer for the festival please contact us. We do like to create a community feel within our festival.