The Best Times to Travel to Ireland

If you’re planning a trip to the Emerald Isle, picking a date is most likely first on your to-do list. But when to go? Do you like the warm days of summer or are you looking to beat the crowd? Check out our quick tips to find your ideal Ireland travel time.

If you prefer warmer temps…

Much like the majority of the U.S., June, July, and August are the hottest months in Ireland. However, it should be noted this time is still relatively mild. The high is generally in the mid 60s with lows in the mid 50s. Of course, summer is also a popular travel time for families because school is not in session, so you can also expect crowds to be at their peak. One other factor to note about the summer season is the amount of daylight. The sun rises around 5:30 a.m. and doesn’t set until around 10 p.m., giving you plenty of opportunities to soak up its rays.

If you like cooler weather…

Again, spring, fall, and winter are in similar timeframes for Ireland as they are in the United States. Expect temperatures to be slightly less warm than the summer months (mentioned above) in both fall and spring, but dropping to the mid 40s for the daytime in the winter. If you’re looking to see lots of green on the Emerald Isle, choose spring and fall. You may also see some warm-hued foliage if you opt to visit in the fall.

If you want to beat the crowds…

As noted, common sense tells you there will be a throng of tourists when school is out for the summer. However, other peak travel times may be less obvious. If you’re going to specific areas of Ireland, check their local calendars to be aware of any festivals or events that may create an influx of people. Also, note the Christmas markets and the holiday season in general are popular times for travel to Ireland. Choosing to go at a time when the crowds are slim is also a great way to save money on your trip. You might find more affordable flights and hotels as well as lower expenses when it comes to food and events.

If you’re looking to experience life as a local…

Research specific areas of Ireland you would like to visit and delve a bit deeper into the place’s culture by following town halls sites, local shops, and restaurants. Then use this information to make your trip coincide with a locally held workshop, special dining event, or festival. We suggest following your favorites on Instagram and Facebook to make quick work of your research.

 

 

11 thoughts on “The Best Times to Travel to Ireland”

  1. I recently took my trip of a lifetime to Ireland last September 2018! People should know that hurricanes also happen in Ireland in the Fall. We unfortunately missed the ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Mohrer. They were closed due to the very high winds there. That means we will have to go back! Hooray! I loved Ireland.

  2. We took our first trip in May from 13-25 in 2016. We had a mixture of weather. Mostly sunny days. May start cool but warmed as it went on. So layer your clothes and comfortable shoes. Even a rainy windy day at the Cliff didn’t dampen our day. My feet have been waiting to go back, to see more of my Ancestors paths this time with oldest grandson.

  3. My wife and I have been to Ireland twice and we loved our stay there. You have pictures of places in Ireland, but you don’t mention where they are located. I believe they are on the west coast. Please inform me of where they are. Thank You.

  4. I FELL IN LOVE WITH IRELAND THE FIRST TIME I VISITED. I HAD ONLY PLANNED TO GO ONE TIME, BUT I WENT BACK 14 MORE TIMES. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I HAVE TO SAY MY FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT WAS KYLEMORE ABBEY IN CONNEMARA. IT’S LOCATION IS BEAUTIFUL AND IT HAS QUITE A HISTORY. I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT YOU WOULD HTEED HELP. I WAS BY MYSELF WHEN I GOT A FLAT TIRE,, AND ALONG CAME A GENTLEMAN WHO FIXED IT FOR ME. WHATT A GUY!!!!!! I ALSO RENTED A COTTAGE WHILE I WAS THERE AND IT WAS SO CONVENIENT FOR ME AND REASONABLE.

  5. Looking for family members that might possibly be related to Maud Brennan. Who Maud came to America and married a Reichert. If there is any possibility that someone might know or if there is any documents.Thank you.

    1. Ifound the National library in Dublin a great place to start. They have research personnel available to help. There is also an entire room of biographies. Some of my ancestors are from County Waterford and the library in Waterford City has a genealogy section. They were very helpful. If your ancestors were Catholic, you will be searching the parish records written by the parish priests-in latin! There is also the land grant office in Duin if you know where your people came from. Good luck

  6. I’ve been to Ireland a total of 9 times since 1996 with my most recent trip in May of 2018. I’ve been in Ireland during all four seasons and all have advantages and disadvantages. Trying to visit Glendalough on a Sunday in June was a disaster. On the flip side, it was nice having the Cliffs of Moher all to ourselves in February. If you are used to the harsh winters of the northern or central US then visting Ireland in the winter months will not bother you. Spring and Fall are less busy than the Summer but you will still find an abundance of tourists during these months. If you really want to save money, visit between November and early March.

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