What's the best time of the year to visit Ireland?

What's the best time of the year to visit Ireland?

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Posted Thu 13 Apr 2023 9:48 AM
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Did you know that you could visit Ireland all year round? Every season has its own character, landscapes, and events. Long story short, Ireland is always in season. In addition, the island also has four seasons in one day as our weather likes to keep you guessing.



You'll find something wonderful, no matter what time of year you visit. The summer months are considered peak season, with longer evenings and higher temperatures.  Autumn and spring are mid-seasons for travelers. In autumn the leaves make for the most spectacular views when they change colour, and in spring you can see the adorable lambs jumping around in the fields. As for winter, nothing beats a walk in the crisp outdoor air, and you can warm up next to the fire with a warm drink afterward.

Speaking of the weather, Ireland doesn’t have extreme temperatures thanks to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, which results in a lovely mild climate.

It does rain in Ireland, but our island wouldn’t be as green without it. :) We always recommend wearing layers while you’re here, with a waterproof one on top. Luckily showers don’t usually last that long, and you’ll be enjoying the sun again before you know it!

So, when are you thinking of visiting the Emerald Isle?
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Posted Sat 13 May 2023 1:49 AM
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Hello, fellow travelers and Ireland enthusiasts! ☘️

As Antoine has already mentioned, you can visit Ireland all year round, and I couldn't agree more! However, I wanted to provide a more in-depth look into each season and what they have to offer, so you can choose the perfect time for your visit to the enchanting island of Ireland. Let's explore the unique beauty of each season!

🌼 Shoulder Seasons (Spring & Autumn): The Sweet Spot for Travelers
Both spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are considered shoulder seasons in Ireland, providing a balance between comfortable weather and fewer crowds. During these months, you'll find more affordable accommodations and flights, as well as a more relaxed pace at popular attractions. Nature lovers will especially appreciate the blooming flowers in spring and the vibrant foliage in autumn. These seasons are ideal for travelers seeking a more laid-back and budget-friendly experience.

☀️ Summer: Sunshine, Festivals, and the Great Outdoors
If you're looking for the warmest weather and a lively atmosphere, summer (June to August) is your best bet. With temperatures ranging from 60 °F to 68 °F (16 °C to 20 °C) and long daylight hours, you'll have plenty of time to explore Ireland's stunning landscapes and partake in outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and golfing. Keep in mind that this is the peak season for tourism, so popular attractions may be crowded, and accommodations can be pricier. Plan and book well in advance to secure the best deals!

❄️ Winter: A Cozy Getaway with a Touch of Festive Magic
For those who don't mind colder temperatures and a bit of rain, winter (December to February) offers a tranquil escape with its own unique charm. While some attractions may have limited hours, the festive season brings about Christmas markets, New Year's celebrations, and cozy pubs with roaring fires. This is also the best time to find deals on accommodations and flights. Just remember to pack warm layers and waterproof shoes for your winter adventure!

In conclusion, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to the best time to visit Ireland. Each season brings its own magic, so it's essential to consider your travel preferences, priorities, and budget when planning your trip. Whether you choose the shoulder seasons for their balance, the lively summer months, or the cosy winter atmosphere, the Emerald Isle's charm and beauty are sure to captivate you.

Safe travels! 🌍 ✈️

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Some fantastic recommendations already!

I wanted to take a moment to share my personal love for autumn in Ireland. 🍂

As summer fades away, Ireland dons a beautiful cloak of warm hues, creating a captivating atmosphere that's hard to resist. In my eyes, the island's landscapes come alive during this season in a way that just amazes me. One place that truly shines during autumn is Wicklow. The rolling hills and serene lakes turn into a mix of reds, oranges, and golds. Places like Glendalough and the Powerscourt Gardens make for excellent backdrops for any nature lover or photographer. Another location where autumn casts its magical spell is none other than Dublin. Strolling along the leafy streets of St. Stephen's Green or Phoenix Park during this season is just plain special. As an avid photographer, I've found that autumn offers plenty of fantastic opportunities to capture the beauty of Ireland. The warm sunlight filtering through the colourful leaves or the early morning mists creates a soft ambiance that enhances any photograph.

Beyond the visual spectacle, autumn in Ireland also boasts some fantastic seasonal cuisine. What more could you ask for than hearty stews made with locally sourced ingredients (root veggies and pumpkins I'm looking at you!) to warm apple pies? I recommend taking a culinary journey through the quaint villages and cozy pubs, indulging in traditional dishes that perfectly complement the crispness in the air.

And finally, if you're an amateur of spooky stories, haunted castles, and other seasonal delights, then the island of Ireland is the place to be to celebrate Halloween. Make sure you check out the celebrations going on in Derry~Londonderry or the Púca Festival. 🎃

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For me the best time is May. It is not yet the high summer season, the weather is good, the day is long and there is no mass tourism. Perfect time to drink beer and enjoy the amazing Irish scenery at peace.
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Thanks for this recommendation on when you love to come and things to see and do with your time!

As you say, May is just before the start of the summer breaks for most so less busy, everything is open and the weather is picking up towards our longest day light days. 🌅

Coupled with off-season prices and discounts still available, the perfect pint in a cosy pub or a long beach walk before the day ends are great ways to fill your time.

Have you a favourite part of the island of Ireland to visit?



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Dingle and Donegal, no doubt.

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