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Winter in Ireland

I am going to Dublin for a week in late February. After that I want to spend some time in the Dingle area. Has anyone traveled there in the dead of Winter? . Is everything closed? Am I crazy? This is the only time I can get away. Help.

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Greetings from Dingle.
I have good news for you. Feb is great in Dingle.
The end of Feb is not the 'dead of winter'! You should try mid-January for that
Dingle comes alive again in mid-Feb, around Valentines day. I spend January visiting Rick Steves in Seattle for our legendary annual Tour Reunion and a wee sneaky side-trip to Hawaii for some sun. I must be honest, Dingle in mid January can be very bleak and theres a risk of tripping on tumbleweed on the streets.
But February is a different story. I re-open my B&B then, as do most other lodgings, 7 of the top 10 restaurants re-open, all the pubs are open, theres music every night, Fungie the Dolphin doesn't hibernate. The hillwalking Festival is on and a few other cool events also.
But wait for it.... Heres the best thing, Accommodation prices are 50% cheaper in Feb than in July!
See you in February, honestly its a great time to come.
Need any specific advice just let me know.
Le meas/with respect
Stephen McPhilemy
Rick Steves Ireland Tour-Guide
Dingle & Derry

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I was there for about 10 days in Feb. a few years ago and it was more temperate than I expected. I really enjoyed seeing it during this more quiet time. We did have some misty, rainy times, but lots of sun as well. A day at the Cliffs of Moher was really interesting. It was so windy we could hardly make it to the edge...(thankfully wind was blowing us back, not over the cliff) The only thing that I did not realize was how cold the hotel rooms were during the night at all of our B&Bs... Thankfully I always travel with a fleece sleeping bag in the winter and we definitely needed it. We did not have control over our own heat during the nite!