Ireland in February means late winter. Despite it being the month when there’s a feast celebrating the incoming spring, days are still shorter and the temperature still requires layers of clothing.
February is also among the off-peak seasons in Ireland, with few tourists coming in. However, this doesn’t mean that there are also fewer things to see and enjoy. There may be fewer hotels that are open but you also get a good deal on accommodations and tours. A February trip seems daunting especially for a first time visitor,
Ireland’s diverse landscapes are breathtaking during winter, a definite must-see, and experience. If you’re in Ireland in February, here are a few recommendations on things to do as well as tips to make the most of your stay.
What is the weather like in Ireland in February?
Temperature in Ireland in February
3°C to 7°C
Rain in Ireland in February
Average rain is around 60mm over 21 days
Wind in Ireland in February
Average wind is between 10 – 17 mph
Sun in Ireland in February
There are 2 to 4 hours of actual sunshine each day, then it’s cloudy: overcast the rest of the time. Also, it is location dependent.
What should I pack for Ireland in February
February can either be cold so the key to surviving the Irish weather during this month is to layer. You can easily remove one piece of clothing if the temperature starts to get warmer. But since February is around the corner, you might want to try these “date-worthy” pieces in case an unexpected trip to a fancy restaurant comes up.cashmere-feel winter scarf is a perfect addition to your February packing list if you want to show up a bit stylish on your date night.
For girls, it looks great when combined with a black mini-dress and thermal leggings underneath. This elegant winter scarf for men is also perfect with a black turtleneck top.
Midi-length coat – Mid-length coats look elegant and perfect for layering during February. If you’re looking for trendy cover-ups for women, check out these amazing finds in Amazon: Double Breasted Winter Coat Oversized Wool Parka.
You can also check out this Ireland packing list for all seasons guide.
Where you should stay in Ireland in February
Although there are a lot of accommodations in Ireland that will fit any traveler’s budget, nothing beats the experience of staying in castle hotels in Ireland. So here are some of the affordable castle hotels that you can stay in Ireland for the month of September.
Cabra Castle Hotel still has the 18th-century castle vibes but with the modern touch from its amenities. A 4-star castle hotel in Cavan situated in a quiet neighborhood in Kingscourt, Cabra Castle Hotel is a mix and match of royalty and modern luxury. Rates start at $162. To book, click here.
A Gothic castle dated from 1209, Kinnitty Castle Hotel is located at the foot of Slieve Bloom Mountains. If you want the unique experience that comes with this castle, better check it out before it’s too late. Also, the rates start at only $110 a night. To book, click here.
Things to do in Ireland in February
1. Be At Kildare for St. Brigid’s Day
If you’re in Ireland at the start of February, head onto the quaint picturesque town of Kildare for St. Brigid’s Day. St. Brigid is the female patron saint of Ireland, a counterpart to St. Patrick. Her ‘day’ is also called the Imholc, a feast to celebrate the beginning of spring.
Be in Kildare just to witness how townsfolk celebrate it, like putting white cloth or ribbon on the door or gate, leaving food by the window and eating at restaurants that serve St. Brigid’s bread for visitors to try.
2. Visit Belfast in Northern Ireland
February is still late winter and visitors can enjoy the magical winter scenery almost everywhere. One of the most recommended places to visit is Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Make sure you visit the city hall, check out the various political murals, or wander through the Titanic Quarter, where the infamous ship was built. These are just a few of the best things to see in Belfast. End your day by hanging out a pub and taking in the local culture.
3. Hike Up Mount Errigal
Mount Errigal, located in County Donegal, is at its most beautiful in the winter. It is also possible to hike up to see more stunning views of the surrounding areas, as there are hiking tours on offer suited for different experience levels.
Whether you’re just driving by to see Mount Errigal’s winter beauty from afar or hiking, you can head to the nearest town of Letterkenny for more sightseeing and nice places to stay.
4. Rostrevor Adventure
Located on the coast of Carlingford Lough, Rostrevor is another fun hiking adventure that you can do in Ireland in February.
Here, you get to explore a 60 kilometers trail of scenic winter beauty, hike up the Rostrevor Forest Park and see the Big Stone. The Big Stone is a famous landmark in the area that offers some of the most incredible sights in Ireland.
5. See the Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll probably remember seeing the Mussenden Temple in one if it’s notable scenes. Head on to this temple that sits dramatically on a clifftop, and enjoy unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, County Donegal, Downhill Strand, and Magilligan Point. Castlerock, Portrush and Fair Head are also visible from the temple.
Inspired by the Roman Temple of Vesta, this structure was built in 1785. It is located in the scenic Downhill Demesne close to Castlerock in Co. Derry.
6. Strangford Louch
Strangford Louch is the first marine nature preserve of Northern Ireland. With 70 islands to see and explore, this is a must for wildlife enthusiasts as well as those looking for a unique late winter adventure.
If you want to literally follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick when he arrived in Ireland in 432 A. D., there’s a walking trail right in the adjacent town of Downpatrick.
7. Cavan Burren
A part of the Marble Arches Geopark, the Cavan Burren is another part of Ireland that you can visit and explore even during the cold months. This geological wonder maybe mot as popular as its counterpart in County Clare, but it does look quite otherworldly under the winter light, making it a must-visit if you’re in Ireland on February.
8. Strandhill Beach
How about a winter stroll along the beach? You do not have to get in the water of course, but it’s another side of Irish winter that’s a must-see. Strandhill Beach is also considered as one of Ireland’s hidden beaches, that also offers a magnificent view of the Knocknarea Mountain nearby.
Located in County Sligo, there are also some great walking trails from Strandhill Beach to Culleenamore Strand and also to Killaspubrone if you want to explore more.
Practical Tips for Ireland in February
1. It is best to set out early if your plan for the day involves driving as there still isn’t enough sun during this time and it’s difficult to navigate roads you’re not familiar with once the sunsets.
2. Ask people from your hotel, b & b or homestay about things to do in the evenings aside from hitting the local pubs. You may find some interesting local events that’ll make your stay more memorable.
3. Fewer tourists come during this month so take time to talk to the guides in the places you visit for useful local tips and advice.
4. Wool items may not come cheap, but they’ll definitely keep you warm during late winter. They’re also great items to buy while in Ireland so make sure you get yourself a hat, scarf, and socks.
5. A sturdy, windproof umbrella is still a must so be sure to bring one every time you go out.
Hi, I’m Christine – a full-time traveler and career woman. Although I’m from the Philippines, my location independent career took me to over 40 countries for the past 8 years. I also lived in 3 continents – from the Caribbean, South East Asia to Africa. But despite living in several countries, my love for Ireland remains the same. A country that had been a part of my life since I was 14 because of my love for Irish music and bands. Ireland Travel Guides was born because of this passion and hopefully, in some little ways, this website will be able to help you on your next trip to Ireland.