On the Celtic calendar, largely based on weather and climate, February 1st marks the first day of spring in Ireland. This means that once March rolls around, it is well and truly spring. As the winter chill slowly gives way to the promise of spring, Ireland transforms into a land of green hills and crisp, cool days in the month of March. From spring flowers to St Patrick’s Day celebrations, there’s something truly special about experiencing the Emerald Isle in March.
On March 17th, the whole world momentarily becomes Irish. Rivers are dyed green. Pints of Guinness are pulled by the millions. Absurd but hilarious costumes adorned with shamrocks, leprechauns and other symbols of Ireland are out in full force.
And it all started with one saint in Ireland.
March 17th is Ireland’s national day. Named in honour of St Patrick, one of Ireland’s three patron saints (the others are St Brigid and St Colmcille), St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture and heritage. Join lively parades, revel in the traditional music and dance, and join in the jolly revelry across every pub in Ireland. Dublin, in particular, hosts a spectacular parade that captivates locals and visitors alike, making March an ideal time to immerse yourself in the rich Irish spirit.
Want to know more about St Patrick? Have a look at our guide below.
As winter bids adieu and the sunlit evenings stretch longer, March welcomes milder temperatures and the first signs of spring. The landscapes come alive with blooming flowers such as primroses, daffodils and other early bloomers.
Green is truly the colour of Ireland (if not officially!), and as such, the island never loses its green hues. But at the start of spring, Ireland’s lush greenery arrives in full force, promising renewal and new tidings.
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, March is a great time of year to explore the picturesque countryside, stroll through charming villages, and witness the beauty of Ireland awakening from its winter slumber.
Ahead of the popular tourist summer months, March offers a more intimate experience with Ireland. Enjoy attractions and landmarks without the hustle and bustle, allowing for a deeper connection with the local culture and a chance to savour the authenticity of this captivating destination. Do keep in mind that some attractions close for the winter months and may only be reopening come March.
You’ll also have your pick of accommodation and room type, meaning you can make your preferences a reality. Who knows, maybe you can even include a few nights staying in an Irish castle to your trip?
Read about our favourite castle hotels below.
Did you know that rainbows have seasons? Well, they do in Ireland! While our rainy little island doesn’t have the highest concentration of rainbows in the world (Hawaii claims that honour), it’s certainly high on the list.
If you love rainbows, Ireland is a great place to visit. Spring and fall shoulder seasons are the best times to spot rainbows, as the climate conditions are just right to create these incredible weather phenomena. So, a visit in March offers a high probability of spotting at least one gorgeous rainbow, if not more!
Want more rainbows in your life? Read more below.
At this time of year, the fields are alive with bouncing lambs. Adorable little white tufts of fur, lambing starts in January for some farmers, though February, March and April are typical months for new lambs to be born.
Any outing to rural Ireland in March is sure to spot at least a few ewes and their bleating baby lambs!
There are a number of farms where you can watch the sheepdogs at work herding the sheep. You can even help feed the lambs yourself!
Ireland’s rugged coastline is a sight to behold in March. During the wilder spring season, the Atlantic Ocean takes on a dramatic allure, with crashing waves and breathtaking views. Though the weather is brisk, the fresh salt air is so refreshing and invigorating.
It’s also a quieter time of year to explore iconic coastal sites like the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, or the Wild Atlantic Way, and witness the raw beauty of Ireland’s coastline in a more serene setting.
If you love exploring the coast, you might love our list of favourite coastal hikes.
Ireland’s renowned hospitality is best experienced in its cosy pubs. In March, the warmth of the fireplace and the welcoming ambience beckon, providing patrons with the perfect setting to enjoy traditional Irish music, hearty meals, and the company of friendly locals.
It’s a time to savour the true essence of Irish hospitality as you warm your hands by a roaring fire with a pint of Guinness or perhaps a hot whiskey in hand.
Read a selection of our favourite pubs perfect for keeping the chill out here.
Spring weather is mild, but the days are lengthening and consistently drier. The landscape is buzzing with life and colour, with flowers blooming and bustling wildlife.Find out more
Summer promises long days, pleasant temperatures, and festivals galore. The countryside transitions from vibrant green to breath-taking purple as the heather blooms.Find out more
Autumn is a time of colourful landscapes and glowing skies. Witness some of Ireland’s most beautiful autumn sunsets and taste flavours unique to our autumn months.Find out more
If the conditions are right, marvel at the snow-dusted landscapes during Ireland’s winters. Crunchy snow underfoot, roaring fires in the cosy pubs, and beautiful starry skies.Find out more