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An Irish Easter: Travel Ireland in Spring

Posted on Mar 30, 2018 by Dawn Rainbolt

Ireland in spring is magical place. From Easter to fresh flowers to new lambs, enjoy visiting the Emerald Isle in Ireland’s most beautiful season!

Ireland may be a small island but the country is rich with culture, history and tradition. Ireland has long held tight to its religious convictions and traditions as an important part of their cultural identity. But the nation also has an long history of Celtic heritage. The island was pagan – Celtic with Viking influences – until St Patrick brought Christianity in the 5th century, and traditions started to get intermixed.

It is perhaps this intriguing mix of traditions that entices people to travel Ireland in spring and Easter.

Flowers in Ballintoy Harbour Co Antrim travel Ireland in Spring

Ireland in spring is a beautiful place: spotted here are a couple of yellow flowers dancing in Ballintoy Harbour.

Spring is the perfect time to travel Ireland: tourist crowds will be thinner, accommodations or attractions that closed for winter will have just reopened, flowers are starting to blossum, new lambs are bleating in the fields, and the Irish are all outside happily celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

And because Ireland is the westernmost part of Europe (barring faraway Iceland), it has some of the freshest air throughout Europe – pure and untouched by pollution.

Celebrating an Irish Easter

Aside from Christmas, Easter is the most important holiday celebrated in Ireland (with St Patrick’s Day a close third!). While Easter evokes religious overtones, there is also an entirely other side to the holiday which has been affected by the Celtic culture: the Great Outdoors.

Traditionally, Easter is about spending time with family and friends. Many Irish people travel to spend time with further-flung family members and close friends. But while the traditional Easter dinner is a staple of these family gatherings, another aspect of this holiday is the celebration of spring, and the appreciation of Mother Nature and Ireland’s great outdoors.

Due to the unpredictable nature of Irish weather, when the sun shines and rainbows frame the sky, one can’t help but head outdoors to appreciate what we have! Though there’s no guarantee that the sun will shine over the Easter holidays, the Irish tend to spend the post-Easter dinner time with family members out of doors – hiking, biking, or doing any number of other outdoor sports and activities that allows them and especially younger family members the chance to connect with nature, something we don’t do enough anymore.

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Where are the Best Places to Travel Ireland in Spring?

Choosing to travel Ireland in spring is full of rewards and promise: new life, brilliant wildflowers, adorable lambs, Easter chocolates and festivities, the celebration of the growing season. Looking for inspiration? Here are a few great places to travel Ireland in spring!

Explore The Burren National Park for Amazing Wildflowers

Burren Wildflowers - travel Ireland in Spring

Wildflowers blanketing the craggy Burren landscape, Co Clare

One of the best places to spend Easter outdoors is the Burren National Park. This exposed limestone landscape erupts in blankets of wildflowers each spring. What makes it unique is the breadth of wildflower variety in the Burren – the flora found here can also be found as far north as the Arctic and as far south as the Mediterranean Sea.  This unique landscape is the perfect place for a family hike as the terrain, though rough, is also relatively flat. The area is also peppered with ancient Celtic sites, bringing the Easter holidays full circle.

Sound perfect? Check out our trip hiking through Connemara & the Burren National Parks!

Visit West Cork for Lovely Weather

Beara peninsula - travel Ireland in spring

Check out West Cork’s lovely micro-climate for perfect hiking and biking weather!

Another lovely place to spend your Easter outdoors is West Cork. The region’s three peninsulas are Ireland’s southernmost points, and also happen to be in their own micro-climate, meaning that you’ve got a higher chance of lovely weather and comfortable temperatures. West Cork is also one of Ireland’s least populated (and least visited) regions. Often overlooked by travellers due to the time it takes to get there, you won’t be disappointed. Aside from a bit of sun, expect stunning sea views, rolling hills dotted with sheep and quaint farmhouses, as well as cheery locals more than willing to open their arms to travellers.

To explore the best of West Cork, join our easy hiking trip, Island Hopping in Cork & Kerry.

Head to South Kerry for Easter Egg Hunts & Chocolate

Parknasilla Resort - travel Ireland in spring

Parknasilla Resort getting ready for a feast after the annual Easter egg hunt!

If you (and your kids!) love that annual Easter egg hunt, look no further than Co Kerry’s Parknasilla Resort & Spa, a family-friendly accommodation set amongst Kerry’s breathtaking scenery. The organised hunt takes place every year on Parknasilla’s 500 acre estate – nothing like the promise of hidden chocolate to get the kids running!

If you fancy making (and eating!) a bit of chocolate yourself, head over to the nearby Lorge Chocolatier in Bonane to learn the history of chocolate and how its made from an award-winning chef before creating some yourself! Another option to curb that springtime chocolate craving is a visit to the newly renovated Skelligs Chocolate factory to see expert chocolate in the making (and of course tasting a few yourselves)!

If Parknasilla Resort sounds like a great place for a family adventure, check out our new 2018 family adventure, Legends of the Southwest

Stop by a Sheep Farm to Cuddle the New Lambs

Feeding the lambs -Ireland sheep farms - travel Ireland in spring

If you travel Ireland in spring, stop by a sheep farm to feed the little lambs!

With spring comes new life and new baby animals around the farm. Probably the most adorable and iconic of Irish animals are the new lambs. Though closed for winter, there are many sheep farms up and down the Wild Atlantic Way that reopen in time for the start of spring – just when the new lambs are being born! Watch sheepdog demonstrations, meet the livestock and learn about the local farming industry. But the best part?  You’ll also get to help the farmer feed the lambs! What’s a better way to celebrate an Irish Easter?

If visiting a sheep farm and feeding the lambs sounds lovely, why not check out our new 2018 family adventure, Paddling and Pirates which explores Connemara. 

If you’re looking for other reasons or tips to travel Ireland in spring, see below for a few of our spring trips!

About the author

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Dawn Rainbolt

American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.

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