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Bluebells in Ireland

Hi. Any participants of either of the RS Ireland tours see any bluebells in the spring? If so, where? Other non-tour participants, pls chime in. I would love to see bluebells and will be public transport dependent.

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Your best chance of seeing some on a tour will be near Muckross House in Killarney. As I recall it's also fairly abundant in April along the pathways around the lake.
There's another Spring bloomer called Foxglove that's quite pretty but it doesn't start to bloom until mid-May at the earliest.

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You'll see bluebells in any woodland in Ireland and the UK in spring.

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Not to exactly change the topic, we were startled to find low-growing, native wild orchids in meadows near the Shannon River in June. Even an orchid expert would have to kneel down to be certain.

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Another flower lover! Yheah! I was soo surprised at how much flowers love Ireland. Just so beautiful! Especially the Hydrangeas! They were everywhere and in all different colors. Good luck with your flower search!

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As for public transport, we have seen bluebells from the train in both England and Scotland in late April to mid-May.

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I saw tens of thousands of bluebells in the Wicklow Mountains, though you'll see them most anywhere in Ireland in spring and early summer.

In 1999 I walked the Wicklow Way (http://www.wicklowway.com/), a 100-mile-long trail that starts or ends in Dublin depending on the starting point. Most on the trail goes through hills of Wicklow. I saw so many bluebells that I felt I had visited the real Ireland, not the Ireland that tour companies go to.

To add to the romance, there is a lot of mist up in the Wicklow Mountains. Once on my trip, I was swallowed by mist.

Enjoy your visit to Ireland. It's my favorite country.

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Thanks, all! It is good to know bluebells and other flowers are easy to spot. I have been in Ireland before, mid-summer, and I do recall the fantastic hydrangeas. I would really like to see some wild orchids, but the bluebells are the main flower draw for me just now.

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Ah, Craig, we cross-posted. Thanks for the area-specific sighting. I am glad to know the bluebells are so plentiful. On the web, most postings are about England.

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We saw bluebells in England in the Cotswolds and in Wales in mid May. If you're a flower lover and you could be in London, you should check out the Chelsea Flower show. It will be held May 22-26. We visited in 2015 and it is fabulous! There are beautiful landscapes as well as gorgeous displays of unusual plants and flowers.