Spring is a magnificent time to visit Ireland. It’s when the days begin to lengthen and the weather picks up! While St Patrick’s day is a holiday that looms large in Ireland, there are so many other reasons to indulge in the springtime sights, sounds, and flavors of Ireland.
Why not explore our beautiful landscapes? Get out into the great outdoors along the Wild Atlantic Way
or take a hike along the Causeway Coastal Route
. All you need is a good raincoat, comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure. Take breaks in local pubs or cafés, where you can enjoy a delicious bowl of seafood chowder or Irish stew before you get going again.
Spring is also a wonderful time to visit one of Ireland’s most unique landscapes, The Burren
, which represents 75% of the flora that can be found in Ireland. If you arrive in May, you’ll be there at the height of the flowering period, and the colors that pop out from this stark lunar landscape are really quite special!
Of course, springtime is also lambing season, so make sure to include a visit to a sheep farm
to see the newborn lambs. It’s also the time when the folks at the Irish National Stud and Gardens
in Tully, County Kildare
, are busy carrying on their tradition of equestrian excellence, welcoming up to 250 foals to the world.
Every year, mesmerizing melodic sounds can be heard emanating from doorways around Cork city on the southwest coast of Ireland – all thanks to the finely tuned voices performing at the Cork International Choral Festival
. And Star Wars fans can get their Lightsabers at the ready for the May the 4th Be with You Festival on Earth's Wild Atlantic Way. With intergalactic fun taking place in Portmagee/Valentia in County Kerry and up to Malin Head in Donegal, you'll be all set to enjoy this three-day celebration dedicated to every member of the Rebel Alliance and beyond.
That’s our whistlestop round-up of springtime fun, but maybe our community has more ideas for exploring Ireland in spring?