10 of the most beautiful places to see bluebells in Ireland

By Fiona Frawley

April 18, 2023 at 10:03am


There's nothing like turning a corner on a forest walk to discover a carpet of bluebells sprawling the woodland floor.

On this island of ours, bluebells bloom from late April to early May and besides the Grand Stretch, are one of the first signs that summer's just around the corner.

The small blue perennials brighten up forest walks all over the country, so we've decided to round up some of our favourite places to enjoy them. Happy summer strolling.

Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve, Cork

A beautiful West Cork woodland walk where rivers flow and bluebells sprawl. After you've enjoyed the blue carpet, take a climb up Lady Bantry’s Lookout for views of  Glengarriff, Garinish Island, Whiddy Island and Bantry Bay.

Emo Court, Laois

Enjoy a stroll in the grounds of Emo Court where you'll discover acres of woodlands and gardens, a peaceful lake and of course, plenty of bluebells.


Lissadell Woods, Co. Sligo

A lesser known woodland walk that starts at the carpark by Lissadell Beach, this spot is great for birdwatching as well as bluebells.

Derreen Woods, Co. Roscommon

Also known as Bluebell Wood, annually receives local, national and international publicity once Springtime hits and it's not hard to see why. Perfect for a Sunday ramble, soaking up the carpet of blue as you go.

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Clogrennan Woods, Carlow

Glogrennan Wood is a family friendly walk with beautiful views of Carlow Town and the River Barrow, and bluebells blooming throughout the woodlands.

Glenshelane Forest, Cappoquin, Waterford

Glenshelane Forest is home to two river glens and graded forest walks alongside them, with timber foot bridges and plenty of darling bells of blue.


Killinthomas Wood, Rathangan, Kildare

Killinthomas Wood offers trails of the hike, bike, and running variety, with budding bluebells accenting fairytale-like countryside views.

Glendalough, Wicklow

No one would need convincing to take a trip to Glendalough on a sunny day - the views, the lake, the goats that are cute from a distance - we love it all. But it's also a great place to enjoy these delicate blue Springtime blooms.


Drumboe Woods, Ballybofey, Donegal

Drumboe Woods is the perfect place to watch the seasons change, whether it's bluebells blooming or leaves changing colour in Autumn. There are three short trails in the wood, all of which are well marked: the nature trail, the Multi Access Trail and the Drumboe Loop Trail.

Mount Stewart, Newtownards, County Down

A sea of bluebells is the first thing you see when you head to the Mount Stewart website, so you know they mean business. An amazing place to stroll and take in all the colours of spring, from show-stopping magnolias to roaming rhododendrons.

Did we miss out your favourite place to enjoy bluebells? Let us know!


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