Visiting Ireland

When is a good time to visit Ireland?

The weather is fairly consistent year round; rain, wind, mist, and cooler temperatures being the general rule. The average temperature is a mild 50 degrees, emphasis on the mild. July and August are the warmest months with temperatures in the mid 60s to 70s. Plus, it doesn’t get dark until about 11pm. Whenever you go, plan on some warmer weather outfits, an umbrella, hiking shoes, and a scarf.

I’ve only been to Ireland three times so far; once in June, then in October, and finally in August. One of my daughters went in March – so that gives a wide range of seasons. Since the weather is fairly consistent, I would suggest you NOT go during high season (summer). Here are some reasons why:

  • Prices: From B&Bs/hotels to car rentals, you will save a lot of money if you travel out of season. I think we spent three times the amount in August that we did in October.
  • Attractions: By mid March to min October, most everyplace you want to see is open and much less crowded. Avoid those tour buses, lines and crowded pubs by traveling off season.
  • Driving: Whether you’re driving a rental or taking a tour bus, the going will be easier without crowds. Most roads are much smaller than we are used to (how those big buses maneuver those twists and turns is a wonder) and getting around is just better off season. (Though you may miss a battle of the buses as several try to jockey for the turn in the road and the tiny space to pull off for a view.)
  • More personal: The Irish are some of the friendliest people in the world. Since the shops and attractions won’t be as crowded you will have more personal attention and will get to know the locals better.

However, if you can only travel in the summer – go for it! I thought it would be awful in August, but it was fine. Some of that will depend on where you go also. It’s much busier in the bigger cities and The Ring of Kerry, so plan accordingly and have fun.

In the summer the weather is usually warmer, all attractions are open, the landscape is greener with flowers in full bloom, and more B&Bs are open. Make sure you call ahead for lodging.

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