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The Best Times to Travel to Ireland

The Best Times to Travel to Ireland

Katie Rhodes |

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.