It's Bluebell Season! I just love these pretty little flowers, the colour and scent are so gorgeous, they always cause me to smile when I see them popping up all over the countryside at this time of year.
As you know many of our Field Day fragrances are inspired by the Irish countryside so we do love getting out and about in the countryside. If you are an Instagram cliche then it's the shot you really want to get on your grid before they are gone so here are some of our favourite spots for Bluebell walks! There is even a Bluebell festival locally!
Here is our run down of our favourite locations . . . . . . Let us know if we have missed any!
Blue Bell Festival - Portglenone, Ballymena, Co.Antrim.
The bluebell bonanza takes place in the first two weeks of May, but as the bluebells have appeared early this year,the forest and surrounding hillsides have already begun to turn into an amazing deep blue carpet of bluebells! Portglenone Forest is open from 8am until 8pm every day. Guided walks for groups can be arranged, or more information obtained, by checking out the Forest Service website:
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Castle Ward, Strangford, Co.Down
I love Castle ward. Takes roughly less than an hour driving from Belfast. With over 5 miles of bluebell trails amongst the massive 800 acre site - its definitely worth the drive. Beautiful place to visit and if you are a Game Of Thrones fan you can enjoy spying the locations that were used for filming. Discover more below.
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I only visited Cregagh Glen in Castlereagh Hills for the first time recently with friends for a Sunday walk. Cant believe I have lived so close to this gem all my life and only recently discovered it! Such a pretty walk with a magical hill fort and magnificent views over Belfast - spent ages picking out landmarks with the kids! The woods are full of flowers, including wood anemone and carpets of bluebells.
Learn more > Lisnabreeny
Mount Stewart, County Down
Another awesome National Trust spot that I have so many fond memories of. My brother got married in the Sunken Garden a few years ago! The strangely mild climate around Mount Stewart has allowed loads of weird and wonderful plants from all over the world to grow. In spring time it’s the bluebells that are the stars of the show as they cover the grounds with swathes of fragrant colour! Beautiful day out - the house is a must see too, as is the fab coffee shop.
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Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down
One of my favourite places in Co Down. Stunning all year round, with an incredible beach and amazing views of Mourne Mountains on a clear day. Make sure to go off the beaten track and explore the many little paths running through the dunes and heathland. You’ll see lots of wildlife and carpets of wildflowers in spring, including a dazzling display of bluebells in the woods - oh and lots of wild rabbits running about!
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Minnowburn, County Down
This is spot is right on my doorstep in South Belfast. Its hard to believe this tranquil place with meadows and woodland is only 10 minutes from Belfast city centre. I love bringing the bikes here with my kids and cycling along the tow path past the River Lagan - there's usually a Mr Whippy ice cream van in the carpark - bonus! Plenty of wildlife to look out for - if you are lucky a Kingfisher or an Otter. Wander through the woods in Spring to see a carpet of bluebells. Walk up to Terrace Hill from the main carpark to get great views across Belfast.
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Such a pretty 17th-century 'Plantation' home that looks even more stunning in late May when the lawns and woodlands become blanketed with bluebells. Bring a picnic as there are so many lovely places to sit and eat al fresco... Also a great wee second hand bookshop to pick up a bargain in!
Learn More > Springhill
A day at Castle Coole; one of Ireland's greatest neo classical houses, is a real treat. My kids still talk about the servants' tunnel in the house... Beautiful woodlands with a great annual display of bluebells which were planted by the daughters of the 4th Earl over a hundred years ago!
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Downhill Demesne, County Londonderry
Beautiful historic site where you can walk among the dramatic cliff top ruins and down to the shore. Views are spectacular. Can be windy - wear a warm coat with a hood - I speak from experience! Great to see all the wild flora and fauna in it's natural habitat.
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Scrabo Tower & Killynether Wood, County Down
Enjoy some of the best views over Strangford Lough and North Down from the iconic Scrabo Tower, one of Northern Ireland's best known landmarks built in 1857 - I love that you can see this tower from so many places in Co Down.
Let us know if you head out to explore any of these little gems on our doorstep!