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    Why Visit Ireland in April?

    7 min read

    By Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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    Spring Travel

    Most people tend to travel during the summer. However, have you thought about visiting Ireland in the spring? Check out a few reasons why you should plan to visit Ireland in April.

    Early Spring Flowers

    visit Ireland in april - spring flowers

    In Ireland, Mother Nature creates her own bouquets, and flowers are in vivid abundance.

    April brings bright, new leaves sprouting, filling out Ireland’s impressive green forests and parks. If you choose to visit Ireland in spring, you’ll get the chance to experience Irish flowers at their very best during springtime.

    In April, Irish wildflowers and manicured gardens have just started blooming, blanketing the ground in vibrant colours. For a few weeks each spring, the forest floors are covered in a stunning carpet of bright bluebells and the white blooms of wild garlic. Dates vary, but the violet blooms can be out as early as the end of April, though other seasons, not until May.

    The spring season sees old stone walls become home to wildflowers of all kinds, such as primroses, bluebells, wood sorrels, cowslips, orchids, violets, and more. And that’s just in the wild. The gardens of Ireland’s grand manors explode in even more types of blooms. Some amazing gardens to gaze upon include Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow and Glenveagh Castle in Donegal.

    Spring Flowers in the Burren

    One of the best places to see Irish wildflowers would be in the Burren National Park located in Co Clare on Ireland’s west coast, and home to some of Ireland’s most unique geology.

    This exposed limestone landscape erupts in a quilt of colour. Flowers native to the Arctic down to the Mediterranean grow and sprout from the cracks in the craggy landscape, making the Burren an incredibly diverse place for wildflowers.

    Spring months from April onwards are a great time to experience this unique and stunning landscape.

    Learn more about the Burren National Park in our essential guide. 

    Finding Irish Spring Flowers

    Enjoy of the Fresh Air

    visit Ireland in spring - Killarney

    Killarney’s clean air and bright lakes

    The secret’s out – Ireland has some of Europe’s freshest air. This happens as the air in Ireland flows right off the Atlantic Coast. April is perhaps the ideal time to breathe in our lovely fresh Irish air. Take a break from the stuffy city air, replacing the din and hubbub of urban life with the clear, fresh air of the Emerald Isle.

    The combined odour of fresh flowers, soft rain, new grass, and the last of this season’s chimney smoke is one of Mother Nature’s best perfumes—and is itself a reason to hop over to Emerald Island.

    While all of our trips are perfect for getting fresh air, you might like our island-hopping adventure on the coasts of Cork and Kerry. Not only is West Cork one of Ireland’s least populated regions, but you’ll also breathe in the fresh island breeze while sailing and hiking around each island. Read more about the islands of the southwest here.

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    Avoid Summer Crowds

    The Giant’s Causeway

    For those of you who prefer to travel off the beaten path, you might prefer to visit in off-peak season in order to avoid the crowds. Visiting Ireland in April means you’ll likely have most of the landscapes and sites to yourself. Even popular destinations like the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher, Kerry and Slieve League are largely quiet in April and May.

    The tranquillity of springtime lets you best enjoy nature in its element. April is the perfect time to hike and bike your way through Ireland. You’ll also be able to get the best price, and fewer tourists mean you’ll meet with more of Ireland’s local characters.

    Visit popular tourist attractions in the pre-season for a new perspective.

    Lambs, Puffins and More Wildlife

    visit Ireland in april - spring lambs

    Spring Lambs

    Ireland is known as a rural and agricultural country. Indeed, most of Ireland’s most amazing and sought-after destinations are in the countryside. Rural Ireland is also a place known for plentiful sheep and cows.

    April is a great time to visit because spring is lambing season. Sheep and lambs are pretty adorable, and the fields will be full of bouncing, fluffy lambs. That’s not all though – alongside the lambs, you’ll find equally adorable calves.

    Of course, lambs and calves aren’t the only baby animals in spring. The island is buzzing with life as all of the little critters come out of hiding. From baby seals to returning migrating birds, there’s no better time to explore the natural beauty of Ireland to meet the island’s wildlife than in April.

    Find the best wildlife spots in Ireland here. 

    Puffins in Ireland

    Who doesn’t love the puffin? These adorable, slightly goofy birds are one of Ireland’s most beloved creatures.

    The best time to see puffins is also spring and early summer. From April, puffins begin arriving on Ireland’s shores to breed. Due to their isolated nature and coastal regions, islands often serve as bird havens.

    Spot these amazing birds in a place like the Skellig Islands in Kerry, Wexford’s Saltee Islands or Northern Ireland’s Rathlin Island.

    Learn all about puffins here.

    Better Accommodation Availability

    Ashford Castle in spring

    Ashford Castle in spring is simply magical.

    There are fewer tourists travelling in April and May. As a result, you’ll have more flexibility and choice. Have a specific accommodation in mind? You’ll have a better chance of getting that particular accommodation and type of room if you travel earlier in the year.

    This goes for popular activities as well, such as boat trips in Killarney or to the Skellig Islands. If you want authentic, local activities such as sheep demonstrations, foraging experiences or exclusive visits, the quiet April spring season offers an ideal combination of weather, price, and availability.

    Learn about some of Ireland’s best castles to stay in here.

    Spotting Spring Rainbows

    Rainbows in Ireland - Derry city

    Rainbows over Derry city in Northern Ireland.

    Ireland is known for its stunning and frequent rainbows. While this may seem like an exaggeration, this isn’t just a stereotype – we have do get a lot of rainbows.

    Ireland gets all of the necessary ingredients required to create rainbows: plenty of rain and low pressure. Consequently, mixed them together and you’ll end up with a seemingly endless supply of rainbows. While we don’t get rainbows every day, they are actually pretty common, and your chances of getting that stunning rainbow pic are fairly good.

    Spring is a particularly good time to spot rainbows as the two required elements – rain and low pressure – are most common in transition seasons.

    Read more about Irish rainbows here.

    Visit Ireland this April

    Meet the Author: 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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