Ireland during the Spring is a sight to be reckoned with. With rolling green hills, fields of wildflowers and, not to mention, the warmer weather, you’ll love visiting Ireland around this time of year. Although Summer is certainly one of the more popular places to visit, visiting during the Spring time allows you to evade the crowds a bit (except around St. Patrick’s Day!) Flights to and from Ireland are also slightly lower in the Spring compared to the Summer and temperatures are relatively mild during this time of year. Here are our top spots you won’t want to miss out on during your trip to Ireland during Spring Break:
- The Burren. Located in County Clare, The Burren is best seen during the month of May, when the massive amounts of wildflowers are in full bloom. The Burren In Bloom festival takes place May 19th – June 4th 2017, during which guests are guided through the fantastical gardens of the Burren and can learn about the unique flowers and cultural wealth of the area.
2. Connemara. Connemara is also a great spot to visit during the time of year. Work up a sweat hiking in the national park, take a boat toar on the Killary fjord or give yourself an adrenaline rush at Killary Adventure Centre.
3. Sligo. By far the best surfing location in Ireland, you don’t have to wait until Summer to test out the waters: just pop on a wetsuit and you’re good to go! Also, make sure you check out the fairy gardens at Gillighan’s World in Knocknashee!
- Donegal. Thanks to a little bit of marketing magic, you can hike the ‘Appalacian trail’ in Donegal, on the Slieve League Cliffs! At 601 meters, the cliffs are some of the highest sea cliffs in Ireland (and come with spectacular views, too!) Check out this great video showcasing the climb to the top!
- Ring Of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. Make a stop at Skellig Michael, a rocky island with an abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, while you’re there.
- Glenveagh National Park. Glenveagh is the second largest national park in Ireland, surrounded by a stunning lake and rolling hills perfect for a day hike. There is a wide array of gardens situated around the park, from as far afield as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania!