Ireland in Winter?

Sep 25th, 2002, 03:53 AM
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Ireland in Winter?

We are considering taking a trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland in early March to visit some relatives. We know the weather in Jan/Feb/March there is very cold and wet. Does anyone here have an travel experience to Ireland in the winter?
Sep 25th, 2002, 08:53 AM
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The weather may be cold and/or wet but it is rarely extreme so it won't affect your travelling unless you are very unlucky. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no guarantee with Irish weather, you've got to just take your chances. We sometimes get snow and the place might grind to a halt for a day or two but that's very unusual. For example, this summer has been lousy with lots of rain, but September has been very good with no rain and bright clear days. Without all the rain we get, the country wouldn't be so green and beautiful, so forget about planning and come anyway - bring rain gear and wollies and you can't go wrong
Sep 26th, 2002, 06:06 AM
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Last March was beautiful. The day after St. Patricks day was warm and sunny. You can never guess the weather. The North tends to be much colder and rainier in the winter than down south.
Sep 26th, 2002, 06:33 AM
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It will probably be rainy, but not horribly cold. 40s and 50s for the most part. I like Ireland in the spring, since you get to see all of the new lambs, etc., and there aren't as many tourists.
Sep 26th, 2002, 06:34 AM
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Yep, I agree with the weather observations so far. It may be cold and wet, but probably not extremely so. However, my experience was that it was difficult to find places to stay outside of the larger cities; a lot of places didn't open until mid-March or early April. Of course, we were looking for B&B type accommodation. And often, the places we did find were heatless when we got there . . . they'd turn on the heat in the room once we checked in. Again, this was an economy trip and may not be reflective of hotel type stays.

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