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Spring in Ireland

Ireland in spring is a beautiful place. Lambs leap in the fields. Hedgerows brim with vibrant flowers. What’s not to love?

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Spring in Ireland is lambing season. These little guys will put a smile on your face 🙂

What To Wear in March/April in Ireland

‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’.

Irish weather is famously unpredictable. But come prepared and you’ll enjoy your trip all the more. The key is to wear light, breathable layers with a waterproof outer shell. That way, you can strip off in the sun but are ready for the rain.

Planning on spending time in Ireland in spring? Here’s your essential packing list:

  • Hiking shoes or boots (PRO TIP: break them in before you arrive)
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Warm fleece
  • Multiple cotton t-shirts, mix of short and long-sleeve
  • A thermal layer
  • Quick-dry pants
  • A woolly hot, scarf and gloves
  • Warm socks (as many as you can pack)

Generally speaking, Irish people dress casual. If you want to wear something a bit more fancy, the evening time is best.  It’s OK to wear jeans. Just be mindful that if you’re caught in a rain shower, they can take a while to dry.

St Patrick’s Day Festival – 15th to 19th March 2019

He’s the saint celebrated across the globe. But you can’t beat the original and best St Patrick’s experience in Ireland.

The St Patrick’s Day Festival is now a multi-day celebration lasting from March 15th -19th 2019.  The highlight is the famous St Patrick’s Day parade. While nearly every town and village in Ireland has their own parade, the biggest without a doubt is in Dublin.

Check out the St Patrick’s Day Festival website for more details.

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The St Patrick’s Day parade marches through Dublin.

Spring in Ireland Vs Summer

Trying to decide when to come to Ireland?

Like most places, summer is a peak time for visitors to Ireland. While summer weather may be ever-so-slightly warmer (although not by much), there are far more people around. Popular tourist sites, roads and restaurants become crowded in the summer. Admission prices are also at their highest.

Another factor to consider is flights to and from Ireland. Many airlines offer significant discounts if you travel to Ireland in springtime. In addition, our March and April 2019 tours are 13% cheaper if you book before the end of October 2018.

Taking everything into account, a spring break in Ireland can be turn out to be much more affordable than a summer trip, but also more easy going.


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A fresh spring morning for Vagabonding!

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Like our smiley group here, it’s best wear layers in Ireland during springtime.

What Temperature to Expect in March/April in Ireland

Generally, temperatures are relatively mild in March and April. The average springtime temperature in Ireland is between 46 to 54°F.

It would be very normal to wake up to rays of glorious sunshine streaming through your bedroom window, only for wind and rain to arrive by the afternoon.

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Ewe will have your heart melted at an Irsh Sheep farm 😉

Lambing Season

Springtime in Ireland means lambing season. With millions of sheep in Ireland, you are guaranteed to see adorable lambs playing in green fields.

Almost all Vagabond and Driftwood tours include a fun, hands-on visit to a sheep farm. See these cute creatures up close. Enjoy a sheep herding demo from a talented sheepdog and see a sheep being sheared. You may even be able to feed a lamb!

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Feeding time down on the sheep farm


Spring Flowers in Ireland

A riot of colour explodes across the Irish landscape in spring. Blooming flowers burst forth from hedgerows, gardens and parks. Woodland glades become carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic in April. In March, bright yellow daffodils grow everywhere from suburban lawns to motorway verges.

It’s a stunning feast for the eyes. And great material for your Insta account!

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A carpet of bluebells and wild garlic in Blarney.

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Wild spring flowers in The Burren

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St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, blooming with spring flowers.

If you are thinking of coming to Ireland in spring, check out our tours page. Please note our April Driftwood Tours are nearly all booked up!  10% Discount applies for tours departing in March and April. 

For more detailed information, contact us directly on

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